Felony Theft Defense
If you’ve just been arrested for felony theft in Travis County, you probably have a thousand questions racing through your mind. What can I do now? What is the process? Will I go back to jail?
You need experienced Austin felony theft attorneys who understand the Travis County court system inside and out. We zealously represent your rights throughout this process and answer all the questions you have along the way.
Our team has a combined 30+ years of experience helping people charged with felony theft in Austin. We will tell you what to expect and how to improve the chances of getting the best result. Having experienced attorneys can make the difference between getting your case dismissed or being convicted.
What is Felony Theft?
The classification of the theft as a felony depends on the value of the property or services stolen, the nature of the property, or the circumstances of the theft. The following outlines the general criteria for felony theft in Texas:
State Jail Felony: Theft is typically classified as a state jail felony if the value of the property stolen is $2,500 or more but less than $30,000. State jail felonies can also apply to certain types of property regardless of value, such as firearms, certain metals, election ballots, or if the theft is from a person (like pickpocketing), or if the perpetrator has previous theft convictions.
Third-Degree Felony: If the value of the property stolen is $30,000 or more but less than $150,000, or involves certain types of property or livestock, the offense is generally considered a third-degree felony.
Second-Degree Felony: Theft of property valued at $150,000 or more, but less than $300,000, is typically classified as a second-degree felony. Certain circumstances, such as the theft being part of an organized crime activity, can also elevate the severity.
First-Degree Felony: The theft of property valued at $300,000 or more is usually classified as a first-degree felony.
The exact penalties for felony theft can vary based on the details of the crime and the defendant's criminal history, but they can include imprisonment, fines, restitution to the victim, and other legal consequences.
let The Law Office of Charlie Roadman help you
Hiring an attorney if you are charged with felony theft in Texas (or anywhere else for that matter) is crucial for several reasons:
Complexity of the Law: Criminal law, especially in a state as large and diverse as Texas, can be complex. Our experienced attorneys can navigate the intricacies of the Texas Penal Code, relevant case law, and local court procedures.
Serious Consequences: If convicted for felony theft, one could face substantial prison time, hefty fines, and a criminal record that can negatively affect future employment, housing, and other opportunities.
Protection of Your Rights: We can ensure your rights are upheld. This includes ensuring that evidence obtained illegally (e.g., without a proper search warrant or during an improper interrogation) is not used against you.
Legal Strategy: Our experienced criminal defense attorneys will know how to challenge the prosecution's evidence, present a defense, or negotiate a plea deal if appropriate. They can advise on the best course of action based on the specifics of your case.
Familiarity with Local Courts: Every court and every judge is different. Our attorneys are familiar with the local courts and prosecutors can provide insights that might be beneficial for your case.
WHEN SHOULD I HIRE AN ATTORNEY?
Immediately. An attorney should be working on your case right away. We want to talk to witnesses as soon as possible and protect any evidence that will help the case. Hiring an attorney is also a good way to alleviate the stress and anxiety that comes with being arrested.
CAN A ROBBERY CHARGE BE DISMISSED?
Yes, but it depends on the circumstances of the arrest and what you are willing to do while the case is pending. We have negotiated hundreds of dismissals in Travis County using our knowledge and experience of what works in Austin. In order to help us get the best result, we will create a customized Action Plan for you.
ONE OF MY FRIENDS/FAMILY WAS ARRESTED FOR THEFT. WILL THEY GET OUT OF JAIL AUTOMATICALLY?
No. They must qualify for a personal bond. And even if they do qualify, it can take 24 hours or more to be released. We can speed up the process significantly. And trust us, everyone wants out of jail as soon as possible. HERE IS MORE INFO ON JAIL RELEASES.