A person commits theft if he unlawfully takes another person's property without their consent and with the intent to deprive the owner of the property [Texas Penal Code Sec. 31.03]. Obviously, if he did not intend to take the other person's property, then it is not theft. For example, in an alleged shoplifting case, if you place a case of beer on the rack under your shopping cart, forget about it and then walk out of the grocery store without paying for it, you should not be held responsible. Or, if your child puts an item in your shopping bag without your knowledge and you leave the store without paying for it, you should not be convicted of theft.
If you have been charged with shoplifting or any other theft related crime, you need a Houston theft crime attorney to represent you. You may face serious consequences if you have been arrested for theft in Houston or the surrounding area. Your penalties will vary depending on the value of what you allegedly stole and other factors. Theft crimes include shoplifting, hot checks, fraud, embezzlement and identity theft. Theft crime can range from class C misdemeanor (such as a traffic violation level offense) to 1st degree felony. Burglary of a motor vehicle is a class A misdemeanor. Auto theft is usually charged as a felony offense unless the value of the motor vehicle stolen is less than $1,500. Other felony theft related crimes include credit card abuse (state jail felony), burglary of a building (state jail felony) and burglary of a habitation (2nd degree felony).
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