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Understanding Felony Theft Charges in Texas

Theft crimes in Texas are usually charged based on the type and value of property that is stolen. Most theft crimes, such as shoplifting, are considered to be “petty theft” cases due to their lower value. However, if you are accused of stealing property valued higher than $2,500, you will be charged with felony theft.

Being sentenced for felony theft will carry much heavier penalties than petty theft, which means your life could be changed dramatically if you plead guilty or are convicted by a jury of your peers. If you've been arrested for felony theft, you need a strong Hidalgo County felony theft attorney on your side.

Why choose our Hidalgo County felony theft attorney?

  • Mr. Flores has proudly built a track record of success.
  • He takes pride in using an aggressive yet refined style of litigation.
  • Mr. Flores has his roots here in the Hidalgo County community, making him familiar with our laws and courts.
  • As a former Municipal Judge in Palmview, Attorney Flores applied the law fairly and accurately to each case.
  • Today, he uses this familiarity to defend those who face all types of theft crime charges.

What is Felony Theft in Texas?

Texas only escalates theft charges based on the value of the property or service that was stolen. Once the value of the property or service stolen reaches $2,500, the charge is upgraded to a felony. This system helps make it simpler to understand the charges you are facing and why. It does not, however, mean it will be any easier to defend yourself against those charges. You should always move your case forward with the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

Types of Felony Theft Charges

Four degrees of felony theft in Texas are:

  • State jail felony: Value of the stolen property or service is between $2,500 and $30,000. Stealing firearms and some types of livestock of any value can also constitute a state jail felony theft charge.
  • Third degree felony: Value of the stolen property or service is between $30,000 and $150,000. Once again, stealing firearms and livestock of any value can trigger a third degree felony theft charge.
  • Second degree felony: Value of the stolen property or service is between $150,000 and $300,000.
  • First degree felony: Value of the stolen property or service is greater than $300,000.

For all of these variations of felony theft, you could be slammed with extensive incarceration, high fines paid to the state, mandatory restitutions paid to the victim, and a permanent mark on your criminal record. You need to act quickly if you want to challenge them effectively. Let Hidalgo Theft Crime Defense Attorney Rene Flores act in your defense today.

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