Trusted Attorney Providing Experienced Criminal Defense to Those Charged With Theft Crimes Throughout Denton, Lewisville, Frisco and North Texas
As is the case with all crimes in the Lone Star State – the law enforcement, prosecutors, and the courts of Texas treat theft crimes seriously and harshly. It therefore should come as no surprise that an accusation of theft, let alone a conviction, can turn your world upside down (very quickly).
There are many classifications of theft crimes – at the state and federal level – that vary in terms of severity and potential penalties. To many people, certain acts are obvious indications of theft, such as burglary, robbery, shoplifting, etc. However, there are many other types of theft crimes that are not so obvious, such as such as credit card abuse, fraud, forgery, etc.
Essentially, the bottom line is this: if you steal something that does not belong to you, you very well may be involved in the commission of a theft crime. An adult (or juvenile or college student) caught stealing (and in some cases, attempting to steal) just about anything may face life-changing, devastating consequences
If you find yourself caught up in a theft crime situation, or if you have been arrested or formally charged with a theft crime, the best decision you can make is to hire a knowledgeable and effective defense lawyer to represent you – RIGHT NOW.
What Is Considered a Theft Crime?
Regardless of the type of theft crime charge(s) you face, the Law Office of Gregory C. Goline can formulate and execute an aggressive defense strategy in order to preserve and protect your legal rights.
So, what exactly is a crime of theft?
- According to the State of Texas (as well other states and the feds), theft is a crime of “moral turpitude” (i.e., some form of dishonesty, misrepresentation, deceit, fraud, deliberate violence, and/or untrustworthiness).
- These three words carry far-reaching, negative consequences that may be more detrimental to your future than other types of crimes.
- For example, crimes of moral turpitude often act as immediate red flags to many employers, universities, landlords, and others with access to a person’s criminal record. In many cases, these individuals (or scholarship boards, parent groups, etc.) form immediate, negative assumptions about your character, which in turn leads to any number of unfavorable decisions.
Some of the many theft crimes you may face include the following state and federal offenses:
- Theft of property
- Receipt of stolen property
- An individual’s unlawful entry into a structure with the intent of committing a theft (or a felony or an assault)
- In a nutshell, an individual’s use of fear or physical force while committing an act of theft.
- Credit card and debit card abuse
- Money laundering
- Fraud (including tax, insurance, Internet, government benefits, and health insurance fraud)
Penalties: No Laughing Matter
The specific facts, situation, and events surrounding your alleged involvement in a theft crime will dictate the potential penalties you may face.
The nature of the allegations may mean the difference between:
- Misdemeanor OR felony charge(s) OR both
- State OR federal charge(s) OR both
- Slap on the wrist OR monetary fines OR probation OR days, months, years, or decades of incarceration OR in most cases, some combination thereof
With respect to issuing penalties, the court considers a number of factors, including the following:
- The character and nature of the offense
- Was the underlying act violent?
- Was the act of theft local, or did it involve victims in several states? (e.g., Ponzi schemes, federal tax fraud, other white-collar crimes,etc.)
- Did it involve the theft of classified information that could compromise the safety of the United States?
- And more
- The amount of money and/or the value of the property involved
- Can the defendant return or sufficiently replace the property?
- Is the property unrecoverable, irreplaceable, priceless, etc.? (e.g., famous paintings, jewelry, unreleased movie scripts, bootlegging, etc.)
- The defendant’s criminal record prior to current theft crime
Local, Knowledgeable Representation for Theft Crimes Defense: Contact Us Today
The Law Office of Gregory C. Goline, PLLC is a local firm. We have extensive experience representing clients before the state and federal courts located throughout North Texas. We pledge to work relentlessly to defend your rights and to minimize the charges you face.
Consider hiring the criminal defense attorneys at The Law Office of Gregory C. Goline, PLLC. Our team of criminal defense attorneys includes a former prosecutor who has handled hundreds of cases. We have the professional experience and unique insights to present a thorough, well-rounded defense. In addition to representing our clients accused of theft crimes we are also have proven experience defending DWI, assault and other criminal matters.
Our reputation and successful track record make our firm the obvious choice.