Conviction of a theft offense could change your life forever. You may face jail time and heavy fines, not to mention a criminal record and a damaged reputation that affects your relationships and your employment opportunities from now on. Take action immediately if you’ve been arrested for a theft crime – call The Law Offices of Kyle K. Shaw.
Collin County criminal defense attorney Kyle Shaw has been in practice for 18 years and has dedicated nearly his entire practice to criminal law. He knows how unnerving and stressful it is to face charges and his firm exists to give you peace of mind. Mr. Shaw will work with you himself every step of the way and use his extensive knowledge and experience to get your charges reduced or your case dismissed. Call now for a consultation!
Texas Penal Code Title 7, Sec. 31.03 defines “theft” as “unlawfully appropriating property with intent to deprive the owner of property.” The exact theft offense varies depending on what was stolen, the value of the stolen property, and the way in which it was appropriated.
Also known as “retail theft,” shoplifting occurs when a person steals something from a retail store. The severity of the offense (whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony) depends on the total value of the item or items stolen. When the stolen property is worth $2,500 or more, it is a felony theft offense that could land you in state prison. Lesser value means a misdemeanor charge that involves fines and possible jail time.
Texas Penal Code Title 7, Sec. 29.01 defines “robbery” as knowingly and intentionally causing bodily harm, or threatening imminent bodily harm, to another person with the intent of depriving said person of property. Holding up a cashier at gunpoint to steal money from a register is an example, as is beating up a man in order to steal his wallet. All robbery is a felony offense in Texas.
The crime of burglary occurs when a person enters or breaks into a store, house, or any other property with the intent to commit a crime inside. Whether or not they actually commit that crime, and whether or not the crime is a theft offense, does not matter. Simply entering a premises with the intent to commit a crime inside is burglary. This means that burglary is actually a property crime. However, since most people intend to commit a theft crime when they burglarize a place, burglary is often lumped in with theft crimes.
Many accusations of theft are made out of fear or anger. Other arrests are made when there simply is not enough evidence to make a good case. No matter what theft crime you have been charged with committing, Attorney Kyle Shaw is prepared to fight for you.
For the past 18 years, Attorney Shaw has been dedicated to helping others with his legal knowledge and experience. Today, he focuses almost exclusively on criminal defense and DWI cases in order to better serve his clients and to get the results they need. Choose a lawyer who truly cares for you and who has the success record to give you peace of mind. Choose The Law Offices of Kyle K. Shaw.
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