Theft is one of the most serious crimes a person can be charged with because it’s considered to be a crime of dishonesty or “moral turpitude.” This means that a person who is charged with theft not only faces harsh fines and jail or prison time, he or she may also be unable to obtain a professional license required to become a doctor, attorney, nurse, or any other career that requires licensing. Additionally, a theft conviction can have devastating consequences on immigration proceedings and naturalization. Due to the vast and far-ranging consequences a theft conviction may have on your criminal record, it is paramount that you contact a criminal defense attorney to discuss your options and seek the best possible outcome available in your particular circumstances.
Definition of Theft in Collin County, Texas
In Texas, a person commits theft if the person unlawfully appropriates property with the intent to deprive the owner of property. Appropriation of property is unlawful if:
- it is without the owner’s effective consent;
- the property is stolen and the actor appropriates the property knowing it was stolen by another; or
- property in the custody of any law enforcement agency was explicitly represented by any law enforcement agent to the actor as being stolen and the actor appropriates the property believing it was stolen by another.
Definition of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle in Collin County, Texas
In Texas, a person commits unauthorized use of a vehicle if the person intentionally or knowingly operates another’s boat, airplane, or motor-propelled vehicle without the effective consent of the owner. A person charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle is generally charged with a State Jail Felony.
Defending Theft in Collin County, Texas
Few crimes look worse on your criminal record than a conviction for theft. If you have been arrested or under investigation for theft, contact Mark O’Bryan to discuss your legal options. The prosecution of theft cases often hinges upon accurate and credible eyewitness identification of the criminal defendant which can often be shown to be unreliable. Traditionally, the police, public, and courts tend to place great value on the testimony of eyewitnesses. However, a skilled criminal defense attorney can often times significantly damage the State’s case by introducing forensic evidence, polygraph tests, and thoroughly cross-examining the prosecution’s eyewitnesses.
Contact The Law Office of Mark O’Bryan today at 972-372-4054 to discuss the facts of your case and achieve the most favorable results available to you.