Dallas Theft of Service Attorney

In Texas, you can be charged with theft of service if, with the intent to avoid payment, you obtain a service by means of threats or deception.  Also, you can be charged with theft of service if you divert services to which you aren’t entitled to your own benefit (e.g., if it’s alleged that you are stealing cable services, or using someone else’s electricity without their consent).  Likewise, you can be charged with theft of service if you rent something, and keep it beyond the agreed rental period.  Finally, theft of service charges can arise if you agree to make payment in exchange for a service, then refuse to pay for the service once it’s rendered.

The seriousness of any theft of service charge is determined by the alleged value of the service rendered.  Theft of service can be a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by fine only up to $500, if it’s alleged that the value of the service is less than $20.  However, as with a murder charge, theft of service can be as serious as a first degree felony, punishable by 5 to 99 years, or life in prison, if the alleged value of the service rendered is $200,000 dollars or more.

If you’ve been arrested or charged with theft of service, you need serious legal help.  You should call the criminal defense lawyers at Berlof & Newton, P.C.  Our attorneys each have over 15 years of experience in the practice of criminal defense law.  Free consultation.  Call us today at (214) 494-8990, or contact one of our lawyers directly by using the “Get Legal Help Now!” form in the left margin of this web page.  Se habla español.