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Theft charges cover a broad range of possible offenses, from charges that can result in a fine to others that can put a defendant behind bars for a lengthy sentence if they are convicted. The Houston theft lawyers at Cory Roth Law Office are prepared to utilize an equally wide range of possible legal defense strategies on behalf of defendants.

From our Houston office, our attorneys serve defendants across all of Fort Bend County and Harris County. Call today at (832)-400-4133 or contact us online to set up a consultation.


In Texas, theft is defined as unlawfully appropriating property with the intent to deprive the owner of that property. The Texas Penal Code outlines theft offenses and categorizes them based on the value and type of property involved.

  1. Value-Based Classification:

    • Class C Misdemeanor: Theft of property valued at less than $100.

    • Class B Misdemeanor: Theft of property worth $100 or more but less than $750.

    • Class A Misdemeanor: Theft of property worth $750 or more but less than $2,500.

    • State Jail Felony: Theft of property worth $2,500 or more but less than $30,000, or if the property is a firearm or certain livestock.

    • Third-Degree Felony: Theft of property worth $30,000 or more but less than $150,000.

    • Second-Degree Felony: Theft of property worth $150,000 or more but less than $300,000.

    • First-Degree Felony: Theft of property worth $300,000 or more.

  2. Other Types of Theft:

    • Theft of Services: Obtaining services without the intent to pay.

    • Theft by Check: Issuing or passing a check or similar sight order for the payment of money when the issuer knows there are insufficient funds in the account.

    • Theft of Trade Secrets: Unauthorized acquisition, disclosure, or use of trade secrets.

    • Theft of a Firearm: Theft of a firearm, regardless of its value, is a state jail felony.

All felonies have minimum jail sentences that come with conviction, although judges can still exercise quite a bit of discretion in exactly how much jail time.

It’s important to note that in the Texas legal system, theft differs from two other crimes that it’s often associated with–burglary and robbery. A theft charge simply says that a person took property that does not belong to them. Burglary charges require the defendant to have trespassed onto someone else’s property to commit the crime. Robbery charges involve the use of force.

Theft charges have serious consequences, but the attorneys at Cory Roth Law Office will fight hard with all the tools available in our legal toolbox. Call our Houston office at (832)-400-4133 or contact us online to set up a consultation.


The state of Texas takes theft offenses seriously, and penalties are structured to reflect the severity of the crime based on the value and nature of the stolen property. Here’s a brief overview of the potential penalties for theft crimes under Texas law:

  1. Class C Misdemeanor:

    • Fine: Up to $500, without the possibility of jail time unless previously convicted.

  2. Class B Misdemeanor:

    • Jail Time: Up to 180 days in county jail.

    • Fine: Up to $2,000.

  3. Class A Misdemeanor:

    • Jail Time: Up to 1 year in county jail.

    • Fine: Up to $4,000.

  4. State Jail Felony:

    • Jail Time: 180 days to 2 years in a state jail facility.

    • Fine: Up to $10,000.

  5. Third-Degree Felony:

    • Jail Time: 2 to 10 years in prison.

    • Fine: Up to $10,000.

  6. Second-Degree Felony:

    • Jail Time: 2 to 20 years in prison.

    • Fine: Up to $10,000.

  7. First-Degree Felony:

    • Jail Time: 5 to 99 years in prison.

    • Fine: Up to $10,000.

Convicted individuals may be required to compensate the victim for the value of the stolen property or its replacement. Prior theft convictions or aggravating factors, such as theft from an elderly individual, can result in enhanced penalties.

Any theft conviction in Texas can have severe consequences, underscoring the importance of seeking experienced legal representation. If you or a loved one is charged with any theft crime in Houston, consult a skilled criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and pursue the best possible outcome.


Being charged with a theft offense in Texas can be overwhelming, but how you respond in the initial stages can profoundly impact the outcome of your case. If accused, consider the following steps:

  1. Stay Calm and Silent: Emotions can run high, but remaining composed is crucial. Avoid discussing the details of the accusation with anyone, especially law enforcement, without legal counsel present.

  2. Understand the Charges: Familiarize yourself with the specific allegations and the potential consequences of the theft crime you’re accused of. Knowledge is empowering.

  3. Gather Documentation: Preserve any evidence or documentation that could support your defense. This includes receipts, communications, or other relevant information about the alleged incident.

  4. Avoid Further Complications: Refrain from contacting the accuser or discussing the case on social media. Any communication could be misconstrued or used against you.

  5. Seek Experienced Legal Representation: Consult a seasoned Houston theft attorney at Cory Roth Law Office immediately. We can assess your situation, advise you on your rights, and develop a tailored defense strategy.

  6. Follow Legal Guidance: Diligently adhere to your attorney’s counsel once you’ve secured legal representation. Trust in your lawyer’s expertise to navigate the complexities of the legal system and advocate on your behalf.


At Cory Roth Law Office, we stand committed to safeguarding your rights, offering strategic guidance, and relentlessly advocating on your behalf. With a profound understanding of Texas theft laws and a track record of effective defense representation, we are poised to stand by your side, ensuring that every facet of your case is meticulously addressed. Theft charges can cast a shadow, but with our steadfast commitment and proven defense strategies, we strive to illuminate the path forward, empowering you to face the criminal justice system with confidence and resilience. Trust in our experience, lean on our dedication, and let us champion your rights with the diligence and determination you deserve. Your future and reputation are paramount, and we are here to defend them with unwavering resolve.

Call (832)-400-4133 or contact us online to get started building your defense.