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Theft Charges in Plano, Texas

Theft– it goes by different names or terms: shoplifting, retail theft, stolen goods, appropriated property, auto theft, grand theft auto, credit card theft, etc. The State of Texas takes a fairly simply approach to theft-related crimes. Instead of having several different names for different types of theft (like some states), Texas just uses the term “theft.”

Texas’ theft statutes are found under Title 7, Chapter 31, Theft, of the Texas Penal Code. Simply put, the punishments for theft in Texas all come down to the value of goods stolen without the property owner’s consent.

The elements of theft include:

  • You unlawfully appropriated someone else’s property.
  • You took the property without the owner’s consent.
  • When you took the property, you intended to permanently deprive the owner of their property.

Breaking Down Theft Offenses

As we mentioned earlier, the penalties for theft depend on the value of the property stolen. So, the more the property is worth, the greater the penalties. There is a difference between stealing a $299 Apple iPod touch 128GB and a $3,296 Nikon D850 FX-format Digital SLR Camera. The boxes for these items may be close in size, but stealing a $300 item is a Class B misdemeanor, whereas stealing a $3,000 item is a state jail felony.

We are not going to go into all of the theft penalties, but here is a basic breakdown:

  • Class C misdemeanor if the property stolen is worth less than $100.
  • Class B misdemeanor if the property stolen is worth over $100, but less than $750.
  • Class A misdemeanor if the property stolen is worth over $750, but less than $2,500.
  • State jail felony if the property stolen is worth over $2,500, but less than $30,000.
  • Felony of the third degree if the property stolen is worth over $30,000, but less than $150,000.

If the property stolen is valued at more than $150,000, the penalties increase from there. Theft can also be charged as a second or first-degree felony depending on the value of property stolen. For an easy-to-understand breakdown of the fines and sentencing for misdemeanors and felonies in Texas, click here.

Looking for a Plano criminal defense attorney to defend you against theft charges? Contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today!