Texas theft offenses can range from a Class C Misdemeanor, all the way to a felony. Thefts are classified based on the value of the stolen property. Additional circumstances, such as previous convictions and the type of victim, can enhance the classification of the offense.
If you have been arrested in Collin, Denton, Dallas, or Tarrant County for Theft call attorney Al Rowland atfor your free consultation.
POTENTIAL PENALTIES FOR MISDEMEANOR THEFT
Fine: Class C: $500; Class B: $2,000; Class A: $4,000
Jail: Class C: NONE: Class B: 180 Days; Class A: 1 Year
Other Consequences: Theft is considered a crime of moral turpitude.
AVOIDING JAIL TIME FOR THEFT
If you are arrested for Theft, you can often avoid spending additional time in jail. Options for misdemeanor offenses can include: Pretrial diversion, Probation (Deferred and Straight), and time-served.
Most counties offer some type of pretrial diversion program. A pretrial diversion program shares similarities with probation, but offers additional benefits. The biggest benefit of these programs is the ability to immediately expunge, or clear, your arrest records once you complete the requirements.
Probation is usually classified as straight probation or deferred probation.
Deferred probation normally requires the same terms and conditions as straight probation. The biggest difference between deferred probation vs. straight probation is the ability to avoid a conviction on your criminal record. Because the court is deferring adjudication, you may be eligible to file an order of non-disclosure, which can seal your arrest record from certain parties.
Straight probation, also called community supervision, requires being supervised by a probation officer. If you successfully complete straight probation, you will receive a conviction on your criminal record. However, you can avoid serving jail time if you complete the terms of your probation.
COMMON THEFT PROBATION TERMS
- Pay all fines or court costs
- Report to an assigned probation officer
- Pass random drug tests
- Complete community service
- Attend classes/counseling related to Theft
- Do not commit additional crimes
If you were in jail for longer than a night or two, you may be able to receive “time-served”. In this case, the arrest will turn to a permanent conviction but you will not be required to complete any probationary requirements.
SEALING A CRIMINAL THEFT RECORD
In certain Theft cases, you may seal your criminal record. The facts of your arrest, your criminal history, and the outcome of your case determine your eligibility for either an expungment or order of non-disclosure.
The information presented on this website is not intended to be legal advice. Every case, client, and situation are different; therefore no outcome can be guaranteed. If you have been arrested for a Theft offense, call Al Rowland today to discuss your case (469) 626-7529 .