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Theft

If you have been arrested for committing a theft or if are under suspicion for committing a theft you need lawyers who have experience dealing with these kinds of accusations. All kinds of people get accused of stealing. Most people who are accused of theft are worried about the consequences in the future. Once the criminal justice system has decided you are guilty of theft there are several consequences that are never explained by most attornies.

Hidden Consequences of Theft

Moral Turpitude

Theft is a crime of moral turpitude. Moral turpitude means that once you are convicted of this kind of crime it assumed, by the court system, that you are a person of bad moral standing. This means that if you have an unrelated legal matter, let’s say you’ve been in a car accident and decide to sue a driver who is at fault, the theft conviction can be brought by the other side to insinuate that your testimony should not be believed. At our law firm we know how to make sure that your theft accusation does not become a theft conviction. We know how to protect your record so that you can avoid damaging consequences to your future, and we will explain every step of the process to you so that there are no surprises.

Employment Consequences

Once you have been arrested for theft you have a criminal record. The record is generated when you are taken down to the jail and fingerprinted. Once you have this on your record it can become the single most important issue in an employment situation. If you are looking for a job it can become the unwanted focal point of the job interview. If you have a job, some employers do routine background checks during regular intervals, and you can be asked to answer embarrassing questions about the accusation. At our law firm we handle each criminal defense matter differently. We will discuss your needs and attempt to find a situation that is tailored to meet those needs. If you want we can talk to your employer on your behalf and explain your side of the story. Allowing a lawyer to speak on your behalf makes certain that your words cannot be used against you. If you are being accused of theft please give us a call so we can help you through this difficult time. We also work out payment plans so that you can spread the economic impact out over time.

Defenses

When you are accused of theft there are a number of defenses that arise. You need a lawyer who is familiar with these defenses so that he can use these defenses on your behalf. In Texas, a theft accusation is graded according to the value of the amount stolen. If you are accused of taking less than $50 the theft is a Class C misdemeanor. These misdemeanors are expungable if you take Deferred Adjudication. If you are accused of taking more than 50 but less than $500 the theft is a Class B misdemeanor. This is not expungable. Sometimes, the State charges the wrong crime and it is left to your criminal defense attorney to argue that you are being charged with the wrong crime. This argument can lead to a substantial reduction in the kinds of consequences you experience. Another argument is that you did not have the intent to deprive the person who is accusing you of theft of the property you are accused of stealing. Therefore, it is important for your attorney to know the layout of the store and whether or not the store has video tape and whether your crime was caught on videotape.

When an employee is accused of theft it is often a Misappropriation of Fiduciary Duty. These cases have their own special issues. At our law firm we know exactly how to defend these cases. We are one of the few criminal defense firms in San Antonio with two former White Collar Crime prosecutors. We have put these cases together, and now we can put our experience to work for you as we assemble a defense that will give you the best opportunity to get the best result.