McAllen Theft Attorney
Penalties for a Theft Crime Conviction in Houston, TX
If you have been arrested and charged with a theft crime in Houston, McAllen, or El Paso, the penalties you could receive after being convicted depend on several factors. First, the value of stolen goods is of great importance, since petty thefts are generally charged as misdemeanors, while high-value thefts are felonies. For example, the maximum penalty for theft of property valued at less than $50 is a fine of $500, which is common in cases of shoplifting, while stealing up to $1,500 is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. The highest penalty for a larceny offense is a $10,000 fine and up to life in prison, a sentence which is reserved for cases where the stolen goods are valued at $200,000 or more.
Another factor which influences the penalty of a theft offense is whether the defendant is accused of using any type of force or violence to commit the crime, which constitutes robbery, a felony offense. The charge can be further increased to aggravated robbery in cases where the perpetrator uses a deadly weapon to carry out the offense. If you are accused of breaking into a home or other dwelling to commit theft or a felony crime, you can be charged with burglary.
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The consequences of a conviction for theft could have a disastrous impact on your future. Even after serving your sentence, you could find it difficult to put the situation behind you, since you would have criminal record following you into every job interview and rental application for years to come. As a crime of dishonesty, a theft conviction will often make it difficult to find suitable employment or housing. Don't let this happen to you! Hire a McAllen criminal attorney from Guerra & Farah, PLLC now to represent you with the authorities and to fight to defend your reputation and your career. Contact us now for a
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