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Understanding how Texas classifies various levels of theft



Thefts are among the most common crimes that take place every day. Basically, if you take something that does not belong to you, without another person’s consent or without justification for doing so, and with no intention of returning it, you are guilty of theft.

Texas classifies thefts according to the value of the property that is stolen:

Class C Misdemeanor – property or services stolen is less than $50.

Class B Misdemeanor – property or services stolen is between $50 and $500.

Class A Misdemeanor – property or services stolen is between $500 and $1,500. Any theft that involves values in excess of $500 is considered grand theft.

State Jail Felony – property or services stolen is between $1,500 and $20,000. This will result in jail time of six months to two years and a $10,000 fine.

Felony of the Third Degree – property or services stolen is between $20,000 and $100,000. This results in a prison sentence of between two and ten years and a $10,000 fine.

Felony of the Second Degree – property or services stolen is between $100,000 and $200,000. This results in a prison sentence of two to twenty years and a $10,000 fine.

Felony of the First Degree – property or services stolen of $200,000 or more. This results in a prison sentence of five to ninety-nine years and a $10,000 fine.

It’s important to understand these levels of theft because they help frame how a defense attorney will represent a defendant in court. The attorney must also take into account what the relationship is between the victim and the defendant as well as all circumstances surrounding the case. For example, a person accused of burglary will not be defended the same way that a person accused of embezzlement, forgery, identity theft or shoplifting will be, despite the fact that all are considered forms of theft.

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