Misdemeanor Theft Charges in Texas

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As with most other states, Texas classifies its theft crimes by the value of the property that has been stolen. The total value for each charge classifies it as either a misdemeanor a felony theft charge, with the limit for misdemeanor thefts in Texas being placed at $1,500.

If you are facing a misdemeanor theft charge in Texas, you could be facing serious legal repercussions, making the assistance of a Hidalgo County criminal defense attorney extremely important. Attorney Rene A. Flores understands the seriousness of criminal charges in your life. He has an expansive array of legal experience, including serving as a Municipal Judge in the city of Palmview, which gives him a unique insight into the processes and arguments of prosecutors.

What Is Texas Misdemeanor Theft?

In the state of Texas, theft crimes where the value of the stolen property is less than $1,500 is considered to be a misdemeanor theft, with certain exceptions. Misdemeanor theft in Texas is classified as Class A, Class B, or Class C depending on the value of the stolen property.

Misdemeanor thefts in Texas are classified as:

Class C Misdemeanor Theft

  • Theft is a Class C Misdemeanor if the property stolen is valued at less than $100 and carries a fine of no more than $500 and no jail time.

Class B Misdemeanor Theft

  • Theft is a Class B Misdemeanor if the property stolen is valued at $50 or more but less than $500, the stolen property is valued at less than $100, and it's the defendant's second or more theft offense, or a driver's license or another identification card was stolen. This carries a fine of no more than $2,000 and a jail sentence of no more than 6 months.

Class A Misdemeanor Theft

  • Property valued at $500 or more but less than $1,500 is a Class A misdemeanor and carries a fine of not more than $4,000 and up to one year in jail.

Some of the exceptions to these values include if the item stolen is firearm or certain livestock, which would automatically upgrade the punishment to a state jail felony. Those who are found guilty of a theft crime of any kind may also be required to pay both damages and restitution to their victim as well as a civil penalty of up to $1,000.

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