Harris County Theft Defense Lawyer
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) 819-5290 or contact us online to set up a consultation.
THEFT CHARGES IN TEXAS
Theft can be anything from a Class C misdemeanor to a 1st-degree felony, depending on the value of the property stolen. Once the value of property allegedly stolen reaches $1,500, it passes into felony territory.
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. For example, theft charges on property valued between $20,000 and $100,00 can result in a second-degree felony. If convicted, the prison term can be as little as two years or as long as twenty years.
It’s important to note that in the Texas legal system, theft is different 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 mean the use of force was involved.
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) 819-5290 or contact us online to set up a consultation.
DEFENSES AGAINST AN ASSAULT CHARGE
Every circumstance will be different and it’s up to the Houston assault attorney to do their due diligence in investigating the incident. Generally speaking though, defense strategies can include the following…
- Self-Defense: Texas law gives everyone the right of self-defense. The criteria is that the defendant must have been an imminent danger. The jury will decide if feeling danger was reasonable given the circumstances, and the assault an appropriate response. The right of self-defense extends to the right to defend one’s property.
- Mistaken Identity: This defense might apply in situations where crowds were involved, such as at a bar or major outdoor event. In our era of cellphone video, reliable DNA evidence and other means of identification, a diligent defense lawyer has ways of working with a client who is facing unjust accusations.
- Severity of the Injuries: In cases where the defendant is guilty of the assault, it’s still possible that injuries have been exaggerated, turning what should be simple assault into an aggravated assault charge. Getting charges reduced is first and foremost about the criminal penalties. But convictions on assault can be used as the basis for a civil lawsuit against the defendant.
Challenging the severity of injuries up front in the criminal justice process can make the difference in potential damage awards in civil court.
Cory Roth Law Office is there for defendants no matter what. The promise of the American justice system is that everyone deserves a fair trial and to us, fairness means a truly aggressive and vigorous defense on behalf of every client who comes through our door.
Call today at (832) 819-5290 or contact us online to set up a consultation.
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