Theft (or Property Crimes)
Theft and other property crimes must be handled by a qualified attorney, as they may impact your employability and credit-worthiness in the future. The majority of these crimes are misdemeanors which may result in a pretrial diversion or short-term probation with classes and community service, but as the dollar value increases, the seriousness of the charge will as well.
If you are accused of stealing $50 or less, the case will be a Class C misdemeanor handled in Municipal Court. If the amount is $50-500, it jumps to Class B misdemeanor handled at the County Criminal Court. From $500-$1,500 will be a Class A misdemeanor, and anything higher will result in a felony charge. While negotiations can be engaged to reduce your charge, district attorneys may stick to the dollar amounts in the statutes, knowing that the jury will be likely to agree that the amount in question was the amount stolen. As such, any defendant facing a theft charge should immediately employ a qualified defense attorney to negotiate the best possible deal.
In all theft or property crimes, your attorney should seek a deferred adjudication offer if dismissal is not an option. Successful completion of a deferred adjudication probation period or pretrial diversion program will result in no conviction and the possibility of expunction or non-disclosure of your arrest record.
In most counties you are required to appear at all your court settings prior to accepting a plea agreement; however, in other counties hiring an attorney will allow that attorney to appear for you on misdemeanor cases. So once you've been arrested and bonded out, give me a call at (512) 743-1711 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll file a Notice of Appearance in your case as quickly as possible. Don't waste your time going to the court house when you can hire me to do it for you! If you accept a plea agreement, my rates are inexpensive and I accept a flat fee with payment plans, if needed.