According to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program, there were nearly 679,430 reported incidents of property crimes in the state of Texas in 2018, of which 491,702 were larceny-theft cases. Taking someone else's property with the intent to deprive the owner of the property is considered a serious crime in Texas. Depending on the value of the property stolen and other surrounding circumstances, a convicted offender could be facing a lengthy prison sentence, substantial fines, and a permanent criminal record.
If you have been arrested and charged with theft, it is crucial that you obtain a highly-skilled and aggressive Texas criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. For over 25 years, I have been committed to providing experienced legal services and strong representation to individuals that have been charged with property crimes and theft. As your legal counsel, I will fight vigorously on your behalf to protect your rights, outline an effective defense strategy for your case, and fight the allegations against you to help you pursue the best possible outcome for your case.
My firm, Rick Davis & Associates, is proud to serve clients throughout Bryan, Texas, and the surrounding communities of College Station, Anderson, Brenham, and Caldwell, Texas.
Defining Theft under Texas Law
Under Texas law, a person commits the offense of theft if the person unlawfully takes another person's property with the intent to deprive the owner of that property. (Tex. Pen. Code Ann. § 31.03.). This means that a person may be found guilty of theft when the following elements are present:
- You take another person's property.
- Without the owner's consent or any other legal justification.
- With no intention of returning the property to its rightful owner.
Examples of Theft
Some common examples of theft include:
- Theft by false pretext
- Theft from the person
- Acquisition of property by threat
- Conversion by a bailee
- Receiving or concealing stolen property
- Receiving or concealing embezzled property