Dallas Theft Crime Attorneys
The Strong Defense You Need When Charged
If you or a loved one has been accused of a theft crime, it's time to call a lawyer. These crimes can result in serious consequences for the accused, including incarceration, hefty fines, and a record. What you need is an exceptional Dallas theft crime attorney to beat the charges, protect your reputation, and ensure that you obtain the result you deserve.
Scott H. Palmer, P.C. is a tough and knowledgeable firm with an impressive track record of successful cases. Over the years since our firm opened in 1996, our team of four attorneys backed by seven support staff members has handled more than 200 cases. With a long list of achievements and accolades, our Dallas criminal defense lawyers have proven we have what it takes. We go the extra mile. We advocate for you when it matters most.
Theft & Larceny Laws in Texas
The definition of theft / larceny in the state of Texas is the intentional taking of property with the intent of depriving its owner. This means there is some nuance to crimes that fall under the umbrella of theft. For example, an individual may be accused of theft if he / she obtains property that they either know to be stolen or that they failed to prove was not stolen.
The four most common types of theft crimes in the state of Texas are:
- Writing bad checks
- General theft
- Accepting / purchasing property that was stolen
Dallas Shoplifting Defense Lawyers
Shoplifting is the most common theft crime charged in Texas. This offense can be described as taking merchandise out of a store without paying the full price set by the store. This means that an individual could be accused of shoplifting for disabling an anti-theft device and taking an item out of a store without paying, as well as for switching price tags and paying less than the set amount.
If you or a loved one has been accused of shoplifting, it's important to get legal help. The accused could face severe penalties, plus civil penalties. The Texas Theft Liability Act allows shoplifting and other theft victims to file lawsuits for damages sustained in the crime. You need a good lawyer who knows how to protect you.
The penalties and sentences for theft / larceny offenses in Texas, including shoplifting, are determined based on the value of the item or items stolen, as well as any extenuating factors. The lowest theft charge is a charged as a Class C misdemeanor, and usually involves property stolen with a value of $50.00 or less. The most extreme theft cases involve stolen property valued at $200,000.00 or more, which may be charged as a first-degree felony.
Contact Scott H. Palmer, P.C. for a Free Case Evaluation
You need a lawyer who knows how to defend you. The right attorney is someone with local experience who understands how Texas laws are read and enforced in Dallas criminal courts.
Some possible examples of defenses used in theft cases include:
- Lack of intent
- Mistake of fact
- Age of accused individual at the time of the alleged offense
Our firm proudly represents individuals charged with crimes in Texas, including theft offenses such as shoplifting, fraud, theft of services, and embezzlement. Our team is knowledgeable, strong, and equipped to handle even the most challenging cases. We're the fighters you want on your side.
For more information, or to arrange your free consultation, don't hesitate to contact Scott H. Palmer, P.C. at (214) 891-3382 for more information.