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Defense Lawyer for Theft Crimes in Houston

Theft and Fraud-Related Offenses in Texas

Theft in Texas involves taking another's property, assets, or possessions without their permission and may be committed through deception or by physical removal. This crime involves a wide range of activities, including shoplifting, passing bad checks, embezzlement, dealing in stolen property, identity theft, various types of fraud, credit card abuse, burglary, money laundering, forgery, bribery, theft from a person, robbery, and aggravated robbery.

Theft-related crimes are categorized under Texas law as "crimes of moral turpitude." A conviction for a crime of this type can cause life-long implications. Crimes of moral turpitude are regularly used to prevent persons from obtaining state and / or federal licenses. Additionally, such convictions are frequently used as grounds to terminate employment contracts, deny lease applications, and to impeach persons who testify under oath.

Theft crimes frequently involve allegations of misconduct occurring over long spans of time. For these reasons, proper investigation and preparation are essential to a successful defense.

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Since 1999, The Downey Law Firm has handled hundreds of state and / or federal theft-related offenses. Cases have ranged from misdemeanor allegations of theft valued at less than $50 to federal fraud offenses involving hundreds of millions of dollars. Our firm has the legal expertise, experience, and resources to assist you in any state or federal criminal case involving any type of theft allegation.

case involving any type of theft allegation.

Common State Theft / Fraud Offense Punishment Ranges:

Class C

Theft less than $20

0-$500 fine

Class B

Theft $50 - $500

0 - 180 days in jail

Class A

Theft $500 - $150

0 -1 year in jail

4th Degree

Theft $,1500 - $20,000

Theft (any value)/3rd Offense

Credit Card Abuse

Theft from Person

Burglary of a Building

6-24 months in state jail

3rd Degree

Theft $20,000 - $100,000


2-10 years in prison

2nd Degree

Theft $100,000 - $200,000


Burglary of a Habitation

2-20 years in prison

1st Degree

Theft $200,000 or more

Aggravated Robbery

5 years - life in prison

Professional Memberships
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Texas Criminal Justice Section
  • National College of DUI Defense
Professional Positions
  • Instructor, DWI "Top Gun" School , Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

  • Faculty, State Bar of Texas Annual Advanced Criminal Law Seminar

  • Co-Chairman, Houston Police Department Crime Laboratory Serology Investigation Panel

  • Author, Instructing the Jury, 2012 State Bar of Texas Annual Advanced Criminal Law Seminar

  • Author, Subpoenaing Big Brother, 2010 TCDLA Annual Top Gun Seminar

  • Author, Picking a Skeptical Jury in A Short Amount of Time, 2008 TCDLA Annual Top Gun Seminar

  • Former Felony Prosecutor, Harris County District Attorney's Office

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Phone: (713) 651-0400
Address: The Downey Building, 2814 Hamilton Street, Houston, Texas 77004

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