Dallas Theft Attorney

In Texas, in theft cases, the alleged value of what is stolen determines the seriousness of the charge. For example, if the value of the item alleged to have been taken is under $50, as is the case with in many allegations of shoplifting, the offense is considered to be a class “C” misdemeanor. The penalty range includes up to a $500 fine, but no jail time. At the other end of the spectrum, if you’re charged with theft over $100,000, you’re looking at a first degree felony for which you could receive up to life in prison, and fine of $10,000. Regardless, any theft charge is considered a crime of “moral turpitude,” which means it’s thought to bear unfavorably on one’s ability to be truthful, handle money etc. For this reason, even a seemingly minor shoplifting charge can result in a lifetime of problems, if the charge results in a conviction.

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