Georgetown Theft Crime Defense Lawyers
Challenging Theft Charges in TX
If you or someone you know has been charged with theft, it is important to act quickly and seek legal representation. A theft conviction can leave a permanent mark on your record, affecting your future employment and educational opportunities. At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, our team of Georgetown theft crime attorneys has the experience and knowledge to help you fight for the best possible outcome in your case.
Jarrod Smith is a former prosecutor, and our trial lawyers have handled thousands of criminal cases. We have a deep understanding of how the prosecution builds their cases against defendants. We can use this insight to your advantage in building a strong defense on your behalf.
What Is Considered Theft in Texas?
Theft is a serious crime and is broadly defined under the Texas Penal Code. It can include the unlawful taking of another person's property, the unauthorized use of property that belongs to another person, or the deception of another person in order to obtain their property. Under the law, a person can be charged with theft even if they did not intend to steal the property.
In Georgetown and across the state, a theft crime can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances of the case. The type of charge and the potential penalties depend on the type of theft, the value of the stolen property, and the number of prior convictions the defendant has. For example, theft of property valued at less than $500 may be charged as a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $2,000 fine and/or a year in jail. Theft of property valued at more than $1,500 may be charged as a felony punishable by up to a $10,000 fine and 10 years in prison.
In addition to the penalties imposed by the court, a theft conviction may carry a social stigma that can be difficult to overcome. A criminal conviction can make it difficult to find employment and may make it difficult for a person to qualify for student loans or housing. A person may also be required to report their conviction to an employer or landlord.
If you have been charged with theft in Georgetown, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you retain legal representation, the better your chances of building a strong defense on your behalf.
Types of Theft Cases We Handle in Georgetown
Our theft attorneys handle a range of theft cases, including:
- Auto theft
How Do I Fight a Theft Charge?
There are a number of defenses that may be available in a theft case. Our team of Georgetown theft crime attorneys can use these defenses to help you fight your charges. We can investigate the evidence against you and explore any possible defenses that may work in your favor.
Some of the defenses we can use include:
- You did not intend to steal the property
- You did not know the property belonged to someone else
- You had consent to take the property
- You were falsely accused
- You were acting under duress
- You were entrapped by the police
- You were falsely identified
- The police conducted an illegal search or seizure
- The evidence against you was illegally obtained
Do not let theft charges jeopardize your future. Contact Smith & Vinson Law Firm today for a free, confidential consultation! We're available 24/7.
Smith and Vinson are absolutely incredible! They go above and beyond to help their clients and have a track record of success in getting cases dismissed. Their aggressive approach and unwavering dedication make them stand out from the rest.- Linda W.
What sets this firm apart is their unwavering dedication to their clients. They listen attentively, provide clear guidance, and approach every case with the utmost diligence. Their attention to detail is truly impressive, and they leave no stone unturned.- Former Client
When in battle you need people by your side who are fierce enough to face the opposition with you. Brad and Jarod far exceeded my expectations with their passion for winning and attention to detail.- Nikki C.
After the Jury was selected, the first witness was called to the stand, and Brad and Jarrod imploded the State's case. Moments later, the case was dismissed. I couldn't be any more thankful for Smith & Vinson.- Former Client
Felony Rejected Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Interference with a 911 Call
Allowed to Remain on Parole Parole Revocation Hearing
Our client had been released on parole and was a model parolee, when one day he fell asleep and his nephew tampered with his ankle monitor. The client’s parole officer was furious and applied for a warrant for his arrest on a parole violation. The parole officer made a big show of his belief that our client was a danger to society and was attempting to cut his ankle monitor and run.
Charges Avoided Assault
Charges Dismissed Assault Bodily Injury Family Violence
Case Dismissed Felony Assault Family Violence
Our client was charged with felony Assault Family Violence for allegedly attacking her ex-boyfriend and scratching his face. The State appeared ready to file enhanced charges. Upon receiving the evidence, our firm found issues with the police video and discovered that the 9-1-1 call did not indicate that our client as the first aggressor.