Theft is one of worst charges you can have on your criminal record. Theft is considered a crime of moral turpitude which brands you as untrustworthy. A conviction can result in an inability to pursue certain jobs or professions, an ineligibility to be admitted to certain colleges or graduate schools and can make finding employment extremely difficult in general.
Theft crimes involve many different offenses such as shoplifting, burglary and robbery. A person is guilty of theft under Texas Penal Code 31.03 if he “unlawfully appropriates property with intent to deprive the owner of property.” “Appropriation of property is unlawful if: (1) it is without the owner’s effective consent; or (2) the property is stolen and the actor appropriates the property knowing it was stolen by another.”
Because of the harsh consequences that stem from a theft conviction, it is important that you contact an experienced defense attorney. I will do everything I can to have your charges reduced or your case dismissed. Alternatively, a deferred adjudication may be your best option, as you can petition for a non-disclosure to erase your criminal record after your probation is successfully completed.
Contact me, an experienced Austin-area Criminal Defense Lawyer to determine the best strategy for you.