Arrested for Theft in Waco?
Being arrested on theft charges is a serious offense with far-reaching consequences that will affect your reputation, job, career and community standing. Thomas C. West is a board certified criminal defense lawyer and former McLennan County prosecutor. His experience as an assistant McLennan County District Attorney in theft cases can help provide important strategy and spot weakness in the prosecution’s case. Call him at 254-753-6437 for a free 30 minute consultation.
Theft charges in McLennan County
Theft charges can be classified as either a misdemeanor or felony. If you are convicted of felony theft you could have to serve a significant amount of time in prison or probation. If you are convicted of misdemeanor theft, you may have to serve a short jail sentence, may be required to pay a fine, or do community service.
The value of the property stolen is usually the main determinant of what punishment the individual will receive. If the property is worth:
- Less than $50, you can be charged with a Class C misdemeanor
- Between $50-$500, the punishment can be a Class B misdemeanor
- Between $500-$1500, you could face a Class A misdemeanor
- Between $1,500-$20,000, the punishment may be a state jail felony
- Between $20,000-$100,000, you could face a third degree felony
- Between $100,000-$200,000, you could face a second degree felony
- $200,000 or more, can result in a first degree felony
Petty theft and grand theft are two categories that stolen property are grouped into when determining the charge. If you have been arrested for a second petty theft crime the case could be filed as a felony. The charges can become more serious if they are compounded with other charges such as battery.
If you have been accused of theft in McLennan County, you need to call an attorney experienced handling these charges. Waco criminal defense attorney Thomas C. West is a former prosecutor who used to bring theft charges against Defendants. He is board certified in Criminal Law, which is a distinction held by very few criminal defense attorneys. If you need an aggressive criminal defense lawyer in Waco, call Thomas West at 254-753-6437.