Theft is the most often prosecuted crime today in the Texas state court system and these crimes can range from identity theft to embezzlement or receiving stolen property. A number of different crimes fall under this umbrella and each has a stigma with it that can follow an individual for years and prevent them from getting numerous types of jobs. In general, felony theft can make someone un-hirable in the workforce.
Theft crimes across the U.S. are on the rise and have become the focus of many law enforcement agencies. Identity Theft charges are often coupled with charges for other crimes like Grand Larceny or Possession of a Skimmer Device. The punishment can be more severe when there are two or more charges against a suspect.
If convicted of a theft based on a high dollar amount, you could be facing a lengthy prison sentence and stiff fine. The digital age we"re living in has made it very easy for criminals to get hold of credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, and other personal details. As a result, the punishment for crimes like identity theft has increased substantially.
In Texas, theft is defined as a situation where a person 'unlawfully appropriates property with intent to deprive the owner of the property.' The D.A. must prove that the accused took something unlawfully without the owner"s consent. This could be money, property, information or any number of other items.
Since each case of theft is different, there are many defenses to theft charges. For example, if an employee is accused of stealing money from a petty cash box at work, the D.A. must be able to connect the employee to the missing funds. If the D.A. is unable to do this, then the charges may be reduced or dropped altogether. Offering to pay restitution to the complaining witness can also help to lessen or eliminate a theft charge.
Burton Law Firm provides dedicated and experienced representation for suspects of theft crimes in Harris County. Tom Burton is a highly qualified theft defense lawyer. He has years of experience dealing with the complex issues involved in theft crimes. He understands federal and state law enforcement guidelines regarding this crime and has represented numerous individuals charged with these crimes.
When you retain an experienced criminal defense attorney who is skilled at handling these types of cases, your chances improve dramatically. Thomas H. Burton III is a well-known Houston attorney with over a decade of experience as a legal professional. He gives clients personal, confidential representation. He and his staff at Burton Law Firm get results. If you find yourself in need of a Theft Lawyer in Houston, Call Today!