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Penalties for Theft in Texas

While most people are fully aware that it’s wrong to steal or borrow something without the owner’s consent, a lot of Texans are not familiar with the laws pertaining to theft in Texas, let alone the penalties involved.

In an effort to shed some light on the matter, we’re going to provide a brief explanation of Texas’ theft laws.

In Texas, the theft-related laws can be found under Title 7 (Offenses Against Property), Chapter 31, Theft of the Texas Penal Code.

Title 7, Chapter 31 outlines several different types of theft offenses, including: theft of property, theft of service (e.g. not paying for salon services), theft of trade secrets, stealing farm animals, and unauthorized use of vehicle (borrowing a car without permission) etc.

Misdemeanor & Felony Theft Offenses

For the purposes of this post, we’re going to focus on theft of property. In Texas, theft can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the value of the property stolen.

  • Theft is a Class C misdemeanor if the property stolen is worth less than $100.
  • If the value of the property stolen is worth $100 or more, but less than $750, it’s a Class B misdemeanor.
  • Theft is a Class A misdemeanor if the goods stolen is worth $750 or more, but less than $2,500.
  • Theft is a state jail felony if the property stolen is worth $2,500 or more, but less than $30,000.
  • Theft is a felony of the third degree if the property stolen is worth $30,000 or more, but does not exceed $150,000.
  • It is a second degree felony if the property stolen is worth $150,000, but does not exceed $300,000.
  • Theft is a felony of the first degree if the value of the property stolen is $300,000 or more.

The penalties for a Class C misdemeanor include up to a $500 fine, whereas a Class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine not to exceed $2,000. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to a $4,000 fine, and by up to one year in jail.

Felony punishment involves 6 months imprisonment to life behind bars, with fines up to $10,000 under the Texas Penal Code.

If you are facing theft charges in Plano or Dallas, contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC for an aggressive defense!