Theft & Burglary Defense Attorney
Denton | Cooke | Wise
Theft entails a broad range of crimes from physically stealing an item from a person or institution to electronically stealing goods or information. Regardless of the avenue or situation, theft crimes retain one main theme: taking something from another without their permission.
Theft crimes involve a complex interworking of criminal charges, penalties, and laws. The law office of Paige McCormick in Denton, TX is familiar with this labyrinth and has extensive experience defending those caught in its midst. She will rigorously fight on your behalf whether on the state or federal level and passionately protect your rights and innocence.
Types of Theft Crimes in Texas
Theft crimes take on my forms the most common of which are:
- Criminal Trespass: This refers to the entering or remaining in any property, structure, etc. without the required consent. A conviction requires showing you had notice your presence was forbidden and had been told to leave without responding in an appropriate manner.
- Robbery: Any theft that involves the use of intimidation, threat, or violence in order to obtain another person’s property. In general, this carries simple theft or larceny due to the violence involved with the charge.
- Armed Robbery: If the alleged crime involves the use of a knife, gun, or other kind of weapon, the charge is escalated to an armed robbery charged which carries greater penalties upon conviction.
- Bank robbery: This is a specific charge relating to burglary of a bank or financial institution.
- Burglary: The state of Texas defines this as an unlawful entry or remaining of either a private or public building with the express intent of committing a theft, assault, or other felony.
- Auto Theft: The theft or attempted stealing of a motor vehicle. This is not limited to cars but includes motorcycles, trucks, busses, trailers, and anything else that uses a motor for transportation.
- Shoplifting: This can be punished by up to 6 months in jail time and a fine of up to $1000 and is defined as theft from a retail establishment.
- Identity theft: A form of fraud where someone poses as someone they are not in order to obtain their property, assets, or otherwise rob or defraud them.
- Online theft: This is a specific charge that refers to the use of stolen identity or credit cards to make illegal, fraudulent online purchases.
- Fraud: This involves obtaining property or money from a third party under false pretenses. This could include identify theft.
- Writing Bad Checks: A specific charge resulting from someone knowingly writing and attempting to use checks from closed or overdrawn accounts in a deliberate attempt to defraud a third party.
Different Penalties for Burglary and Theft Related Crimes in Texas
The actual penalty you could receive if you are convicted of the charges in your case will depend in large part on the value of the property stolen, whether or not any third party was hurt or assaulted, and whether or not a weapon was involved. Ultimately, you should speak with an attorney to get a better idea of what penalties you may actually face, but in general, they include:
- State Jail Penalty: Punishable by 6 – 24 months in jail and fines of no more than $10,000.
- Second Degree Felony: Punishable by 2 – 20 years of time in prison and fines of no more than $10,000.
- First Degree Felony: Punishable by 5 years – life in prison and fines of no more than $10,000.
Burglary Indictments in Texas
Burglary is a serious offense in Texas, which strictly defines the crime as any individual who enters a building or habitation without authorization with the intent to commit a crime such as a felony, theft or assault. It even extends to those who enter a building when it’s open to the public, but remain concealed to commit such an offense later. Burglary can incorporate other crimes as well like kidnapping or arson depending on what occurred during the incident.
Burglary involves a wide range of breaking and entering offenses with the intent to steal. You can be charged with burglary if you illegally entered the building even if nothing was removed. In fact, physically breaking and entering isn’t even necessary, gaining entry by fraud or confidence tactics also qualify. Basically unlawfully entering any physical structure, such as a car, boat, office, home, shed, storage unit or barn, can induce a burglary charge if you had the intent to steal.
Based on the circumstances of the crime, a burglary conviction may result in a felony, landing years of jail time and thousands of dollars in fines not to mention the lasting lifetime effects associated with a federal crime conviction. If you have been accused of any type of theft crime, seek out an experienced defense attorney who will aggressively fight on your behalf.
Paige McCormick understands the high stakes involved in theft crime convictions and recognizes what a conviction will mean to you. Call today for your free consultation. Our firm specializes in serving clients in the North Texas area.