The term theft can apply to a wide range of crimes in Texas, with many offenses carrying very serious criminal penalties. In addition to possible fines and imprisonment if convicted, alleged offenders also face the prospect of having a shameful mark on their criminal records that can impact later attempts to obtain employment or gain acceptance into colleges.
In some cases, alleged offenders can face theft charges as the result of honest misunderstandings or complete accidents. Anybody who has been accused of theft in Texas should be sure to exercise their right to remain silent until they have legal representation.
Fort Worth Lawyer for Theft Offenses
Have you been accused of taking another party’s property without consent? Even if the alleged offense has been classified as a misdemeanor, it is still in your best interest to take these allegations seriously.
The Fort Worth theft defense attorneys of Townsend, Gebhardt & Eppes, PLLC fight to get criminal charges reduced or dismissed for clients in Weatherford, Arlington, Cleburne, and surrounding communities in North Central Texas. Let us review your case and discuss your legal options by calling 817-502-3600 right now to set up a completely free initial consultation.
Tarrant County Theft Crimes Information Center
- When might a person be charged with one of these offenses?
- Can alleged victims seek additional monetary damages from alleged offenders?
- Where can I learn more about these crimes?
Theft is defined under Texas Penal Code § 31.03 as being when an alleged offender “unlawfully appropriates property with intent to deprive the owner of property.” Appropriation of property is considered unlawful if:
- It is without the owner's effective consent;
- The property is stolen and the actor appropriates the property knowing it was stolen by another; or
- Property in the custody of any law enforcement agency was explicitly represented by any law enforcement agent to the actor as being stolen and the actor appropriates the property believing it was stolen by another.
Several different additional factors can determine the specific criminal charge an alleged offender will face. Townsend, Gebhardt & Eppes, PLLC handles a variety of theft cases, including:
- Grand Theft;
- Grand Theft Auto;
- Burglary of a Motor Vehicle;
- Theft of Firearms;
- Receiving or Concealing Stolen Property;
- Theft of Services;
- Theft by Check;
- Robbery; and
In addition to possible criminal penalties for alleged theft, alleged offenders could also face possible civil penalties.
Under the Texas Theft Liability Act in Title 6, Chapter 134 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, a person who commits theft is liable for the damages resulting from the theft. Parents or other people with the duty of control and reasonable discipline of children can also be liable for theft committed by children.
Alleged victims are able to file lawsuits against alleged offenders to recover either:
- The amount of actual damages and additional damages of up to $1,000 from a person who commits theft; or
- The amount of actual damages and additional damages of up to $5,000 from a person who has the duty of control and reasonable discipline of a child.
While some alleged victims may not follow through with threatened lawsuits, the possibility of civil liability is another reason to make sure that you have legal counsel.
Texas Penal Code | Title 7, Chapter 31 — You can find definitions and state laws relating to theft crimes in this section of the Penal Code. Statutes explain how value is calculated, when amounts can be aggregated in determining the grade of the offense, and previously known theft offenses now consolidated under the broader theft definition.
Kleptomania | Texas Orthopedic Hospital — Kleptomania is defined as the inability to resist impulses to steal. While this is a rare condition, you can learn more about it on this website. You can find information about some of the causes, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of kleptomania.
Find a Theft Defense Lawyer in Fort Worth, TX
If you were arrested or are currently being investigated for an alleged theft crime in Texas, you should not delay in obtaining legal representation. The attorneys at Townsend, Gebhardt & Eppes, PLLC represent clients on theft crimes throughout Tarrant County, Texas, including Fort Worth and Arlington.
Our attorneys are familiar with the tactics used by local law enforcement agencies throughout Tarrant County, TX, including the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office and the Tarrant County Constable’s Office.
We also represent clients after an arrest by any of the city police departments in Tarrant County. Nearly every city in Tarrant County maintains its own police force including: the Arlington Police Department, the Forest Hill Police Department, the Grand Prairie Police Department, the Hurst Police Department and the Mansfield Police Department.
We also represent clients facing criminal charges throughout Parker County, Johnson County, and the surrounding areas of North Central Texas.
Our Fort Worth criminal defense attorneys have over 30 years of combined legal experience fighting both misdemeanor and felony theft charges. You can have them provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call 817-502-3600 or submit an online form today to schedule a free, confidential consultation.