Theft Charges Defense in Houston: Brazoria, Ft. Bend, Galveston, Harris & Montgomery Counties
When you have been accused of a theft, burglary, shoplifting or any other crime in or around Houston, your best chance for success is working with a knowledgeable attorney skilled in the defense of Houston theft charges.
In Texas, theft charges can cover a wide range of activities from shoplifting to armed robbery. The severity of the crime and the value of goods or services allegedly taken will determine whether the state decides to file misdemeanor or felony charges against you.
At the The Law Office of Greg Tsioros we aggressively represent individuals who have been accused of theft, burglary, and other property crimes. Our Houston theft charge defense is designed to protect our clients with tough, smart representation for misdemeanor and felony charges.
When defending a theft or robbery case, Mr. Tsioros carefully examines the details of the alleged offense for weak points. There may be factual issues relating to your intent to possess the property or consent to use the property. The value of the property may be disputable or difficult to accurately determine. The prosecutor may not have solid, undisputable evidence as to your identity as it relates to the alleged charges. As a former state prosecutor, Greg Tsioros knows how to locate and expose any points of weakness in the charges that have been filed against you.
Houston theft lawyer Greg Tsioros handles all theft cases including:
New Theft Laws in Texas
On September 1, 2015, The Texas House of Representatives passed a bill that updated or changed several laws that were already in existence. House Bill 1396 included changes to a handful of laws, including the laws relating to the prosecution of criminal theft.
In Texas, theft crimes are prosecuted based on the amount of property or money that is stolen in a particular incident. The punishment ranges for different theft crimes reflect the amount of stolen property. For example, stealing a bag of chips from a grocery store may be prosecuted as a minor misdemeanor offense, while stealing a car worth $20,000 can lead to a prison sentence and a huge fine.
List of Theft Law Changes
The primary change to Texas theft laws in H.B. 1396 has to do with the monetary amounts attached to each penalty category. For example, in the past, the lowest level of theft crimes was listed as theft of property valued at $50 or less. This crime could be punished as a Class C misdemeanor and the convicted person could be ordered to pay up to a $500 fine. Now, however, that category has been changed to apply to theft incidents involving stolen property valued at $100 or less.
This could be good news for some defendants. For example, under the previous law, a person convicted of stealing $75 worth of property could be prosecuted under Class B misdemeanor charges. The punishment for a Class B misdemeanor could include a higher fine and potential jail time. Under the new law, a person who is convicted of stealing $75 worth of property may face punishment under Class C misdemeanor charges.
Some of the other changes to penalty categories include:
- Theft of property valued at $50 to $500 is now changed to theft of property valued at $100 to $750
- Theft of property valued at $1500 to $20,000 is now changed to theft of property valued at $2500 to $30,000
- Theft of property valued at $100,000 to $300,000 is now changed to theft of property valued at $150,000 to $300,000
- The differences in penalty categories for theft of property and theft by check have been removed and now the categories are the same for both offenses
Houston theft attorney Greg Tsioros brings experience as both a state prosecutor and a criminal defense lawyer to work in defending your case. If you are a suspect in a theft or burglary case, consult with a qualified lawyer as soon as possible. Do not wait until you are indicted to begin formulating your defense. The consequences of theft and burglary charges can range from fines and community service to jail and even prison terms. The Law Office of Greg Tsioros will negotiate reasonable sentences, deferred prosecution, and treatment options for defendants with drug and alcohol problems.