Charged with a Theft or Robbery Offense?

The consequences of a theft-related conviction can range from fines to serious jail time depending on the amount stolen, the details surrounding the theft and the number of previous theft convictions for the defendant. That’s why you need a Dallas theft defense lawyer who is detail oriented and determined to do the best for her clients. Sally Goodman has over 30 years of experience practicing law in Dallas County. A theft conviction carries additional weight for immigrants who may be deported following the criminal proceedings. Sally Goodman believes that every immigrant should be given a fair shot at life in America and uses her fluency in Spanish to help fight for immigrants accused of crimes. She knows the state and federal system well, so you can trust that your offense will be handled competently, whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony.

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Charged with a Theft or Robbery Offense?

The consequences of a theft-related conviction can range from fines to serious jail time depending on the amount stolen, the details surrounding the theft and the number of previous theft convictions for the defendant. That’s why you need a Dallas theft defense lawyer who is detail oriented and determined to do the best for her clients. Sally Goodman has over 30 years of experience practicing law in Dallas County. A theft conviction carries additional weight for immigrants who may be deported following the criminal proceedings. Sally Goodman believes that every immigrant should be given a fair shot at life in America and uses her fluency in Spanish to help fight for immigrants accused of crimes. She knows the state and federal system well, so you can trust that your offense will be handled competently, whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony.

THEFT AND PROPERTY CRIMES

Theft and property crimes fall include a wide range of offenses from burglary and identity theft to shoplifting and vandalism. You may even find yourself charged for being in possession of stolen property. Several theft related crimes are also considered white-collar offenses. Typically white-collar theft crimes are work related and are non-violent in nature. Sally Goodman defends the following theft charges:

  1. Theft
  2. Robbery
  3. Aggravated robbery
  4. Burglary
  5. Burglary of vehicles
  6. Carjacking
  7. Unauthorized use of a vehicle
  8. Criminal trespass
  9. Criminal mischief
  10. Evading arrest or detention
  11. Unauthorized use of a vehicle
  12. Organized retail theft
  13. Receiving stolen property
  14. Vandalism
  15. Shoplifting
  16. Fraud, forgery and embezzlement
  17. Bad checks

The there are fine lines between some of these crimes, so can be helpful to take a look at the differences between charges such as theft, burglary, robbery and larceny.

Theft

A person commits theft when they unlawfully take someone else’s property with the intent to deprive the owner of property. Taking someone else’s property is considered unlawful if it’s done without consent of the owner, or you receive the property with knowledge that it was stolen by another.

The value of the unlawfully appropriated property determines the level of offense. It’s a Class C misdemeanor if the property value is less than $100, a Class B misdemeanor if the value is between $100 and $750, a Class A misdemeanor if stolen property is valued between $750 and $2,500. It’s a state jail felony if the property is between $2,500 and $30,000; third-degree felony if $30,000 – $150,000; second-degree felony if $150,000 – $300,000; first-degree felony if $300,000 or more.

Burglary

A person commits burglary if they enter a habitation (someone’s home) or building not open to the public, with intent to commit a felony, theft, or an assault. This charge may be filed against you if the prosecution feels that they can prove you entered a building with the intention of committing a crime like theft or assault, even if you did not actually steal something. The unlawful entry and its intention are the focus of this offense.

Burglary is a state jail felony if committed in a building other than a habitation, or a second-degree felony if committed in a habitation.

This is considered a first-degree felony if the burglary involves breaking into someone’s home with intent to commit a felony other than theft, or committed or attempted to commit a felony other than theft (assault, kidnapping).

Robbery or Aggravated Robbery

This charge refers to a theft that also intentionally puts a victim in danger of injury. A person commits robbery if in the course of committing theft, they intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly cause bodily injury to another, or intentionally or knowingly threatens or places another in fear of imminent bodily injury or death. This offense is a second-degree felony.

The offense may be upgraded to aggravated robbery if someone was seriously hurt during the theft, if a deadly weapon was involved, or if the theft was carried out against a child, the elderly or someone that is physically or mentally disabled. Aggravated robbery is a felony of the first degree.

The Consequences of Conviction for Theft Offenses

If convicted, you may face difficulties finding a job, applying for a place to live or completing any task that requires a background check. Possible punishments include:

  1. Prison time
  2. Fines
  3. Restitution
  4. Probation

If you have a previous theft conviction, it is likely that the punishments for a second or third conviction will be increasingly serious. But harsher penalties may still be applied if deadly weapons were used. The value of the stolen items is not always the factor when deciding between a misdemeanor and felony charge. However, there are some general guidelines that a defendant can expect to be followed in Dallas County. If you are facing the a daunting theft case, call Sally Goodman law at 214-748-3230 or inquire online so she can start maximizing your theft crime defense.

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