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Houston Theft Crimes Defense Law

Houston Theft Crime Defense Lawyer James Sullivan represents clients on misdemeanor and felony theft offenses in Houston and the surrounding counties.  Theft of any amount is a very serious crime.  It is a crime of moral turpitude (dishonesty) and a conviction for theft can negatively affect you for the rest of your life.  You really cannot afford a conviction for theft on your record.

Each year, hundreds of people contact Attorney James 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.

If you are charged with a theft offense, contact Houston Criminal Lawyer James Sullivan at (281) 546-6428 for a free phone consultation. 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.

If you have been charged with shoplifting or any other theft related crime, you need a Houston theft crime attorney 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).

Punishment for Houston Theft Crimes

In Texas, the punishment for theft is listed in Chapter 12 of the Texas Penal Code.  Depending on the value of the theft, a conviction can result in a range of punishment as follows:

  1. If the value of the property stolen is less than $100, a class C misdemeanor is punishable by a fine up to $500.
  2. If the value of the property stolen is $100 or more but less than $750, a person charged with theft can be convicted of a Class B misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine not to exceed $2,000, a  jail sentence of up to 180 days, or both.
  3. If the value of the property stolen is $750 or more but less than $2,500, a person charged with theft can be convicted of a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine not to exceed $4,000, a  jail sentence of up to one year, or both.
  4. If the value of the property stolen is $2,500 or more but less than $30,000, a person charged with theft can be convicted of a state jail felony, which is punishable by a state jail sentence ranging from 180 days to two years and a fine of up to $10,000.
  5. If the value of the property stolen is $30,000 or more but less than $150,000, a person charged with theft can be convicted of a felony of the third degree, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from 2 to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
  6. If the value of the property stolen is $150,000 or more but less than $300,000, a person charged with theft can be convicted of a felony of the second degree, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from 2 to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
  7. If the value of the property stolen is $300,000 or more, a person charged with theft can be convicted of a felony of the first degree, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from 5 to 99 years or life and a fine up to $10,000.

James G. Sullivan and Associates | Harris County Theft Crime Lawyers

Houston theft crime lawyer James Sullivan will discuss with you the seriousness of your charge and the various effective defense strategies that are best suited for your particular case.  Before you make your plea in court, it is important that you consult a theft crimes defense lawyer in Houston, Texas.  Houston Criminal Attorney James Sullivan gets proven results.

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.

Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a free phone consultation at (281) 546-6428 about your theft charges in Harris County (Houston), Montgomery County (Conroe), Fort Bend County (Richmond), Brazoria County (Angleton), Galveston County (Galveston), Matagorda County (Bay City), Waller County (Hempstead), Washington County (Brenham), Liberty County (Liberty), Chambers County (Anahuac), Jefferson County (Beaumont) and throughout Texas.

Contact Houston theft crime trial lawyers James Sullivan and Associates at (281) 546-6428 for a free phone consultation and preliminary case evaluation.

Certainly each case is different.  Similar results may not be obtained in your case and past performance is no guarantee of future results.

CRIMINAL OFFENSEACTUAL RESULTSCT #
TheftCASE DISMISSED (Client allegedly stole from her employer), Case # 19149956
Theft (2° Felony)CASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR THEFT (Client was accused of stealing over $170,000 in property from his employer. Thorough investigation by defense counsel revealed serious discrepancies in company inventory records), Case # 1369319262nd
TheftCASE DISMISSED WITHOUT A TRIAL SETTING (Client was accused of stealing an I-Pad from a restaurant), Case # 18612387
Auto TheftCASE DISMISSED (Client was accused of stealing an acquaintance’s car)314
Theft (State Jail Felony) in Jefferson County (Beaumont)CASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR THEFT with no restitution (Client was accused of stealing over $10,000 from his employer and allegedly signed a voluntary confession. Thorough investigation by defense counsel cast serious doubt on the State’s ability to prove their case at trial), Case # 08-02655District Court
TheftCASE DISMISSED (Client accused of shoplifting), Case # 17652594
TheftCASE DISMISSED (Client accused of stealing a cell phone at a party), Case # 18121304
Motion to Adjudicate Guilt (Theft)( State Jail Felony)PROBATION REVOKED AND SENTENCED TO TIME SERVED (100 days HCJ under §12.44a)(Client had a reasonable due diligence argument regarding failure of the police to arrest the defendant soon after the violation of probation), Case # 926980337th
Theft (State Jail Felony)CASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR THEFT and client received a deferred adjudication probation, Case # 1261476338th
Motion to Adjudicate Guilt (Theft)MADJ DISMISSED. Probation terminated without a conviction, Case # 12310973
Theft (State Jail Felony)REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR THEFT, Case # 1238796262nd
TheftCASE DISMISSED, Case # 155825013
Theft (State Jail Felony)REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR THEFT and client received deferred adjudication probation, Case # 1201179339th
Theft (State Jail Felony)CASE DISMISSED, Case # 1197048351st
Theft (State Jail Felony)REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR THEFT and client received deferred adjudication probation, Case # 1202504178th
TheftCASE DISMISSED, Case # 149153814
TheftCASE DISMISSED, Case # 99133488
TheftCASE DISMISSED315th

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