Theft


Harris County Theft Defense

Houston Theft Crime Attorney James (Jim) Sullivan represents clients on misdemeanor and felony theft offenses in Houston and throughout the state of Texas.  Theft of any amount is a very serious crime.  It is a crime of moral turpitude (dishonesty) and a conviction for theft can ruin your life.  You really cannot afford a conviction for theft on your record.  Each year, hundreds of people contact Attorney Jim Sullivan in order to get their theft convictions expunged from their record because they cannot get a job but unfortunately a theft conviction cannot be expunged or sealed (non-disclosed).  Young people especially may not know about or consider the far-reaching effects of having a theft conviction on their record.  Attorney James Sullivan can discuss with you the possible options in order to later get your criminal case sealed or expunged.

What is Theft?

A person commits theft if he unlawfully takes another person’s property without their consent and with the intent to deprive the owner of the property [Texas Penal Code Sec. 31.03].  Obviously, if he did not intend to take the other person’s property, then it is not theft.  For example, in an alleged shoplifting case, if you place a case of beer on the rack under your shopping cart, forget about it and then walk out of the grocery store without paying for it, you should not be held responsible.  Or, if your child puts an item in your shopping bag without your knowledge and you leave the store without paying for it, you should not be convicted of theft.

Consequences of Theft Conviction

If you have been charged with shoplifting or any other theft related crime, you need a Houston Theft Crime Lawyer to represent you.  You may face serious consequences if you have been arrested for theft in Houston or the surrounding area.  Your penalties will vary depending on the value of what you allegedly stole and other factors.  Theft crimes include shoplifting, hot checks, fraud, embezzlement and identity theft.  Theft crime can range from class C misdemeanor (such as a traffic violation level offense) to 1st degree felony.  Burglary of a motor vehicle is a class A misdemeanor.  Auto theft is usually charged as a felony offense unless the value of the motor vehicle stolen is less than $1,500.  Other felony theft related crimes include credit card abuse (state jail felony), burglary of a building (state jail felony) and burglary of a habitation (2nd degree felony).

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Contact James Sullivan at (281) 546-6428 for a confidential consultation.

James Sullivan attended the Trial Lawyers College founded by Legendary lawyer Gerry Spence and was invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization. Sullivan has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout Texas.

 

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