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San Benito Theft Crimes Attorney

Aggressive Defense for Theft Charges in Harlingen, Brownsville & McAllen

Being charged with theft can be a very serious matter. In Texas, theft is a crime that can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the value of the property or services stolen. If you are convicted of theft, you may face jail or prison time, fines, probation, and a permanent criminal record. If you are facing theft charges, it is important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.

At Gustavo D. Elizondo III, Attorney at Law, we have extensive experience representing clients charged with theft crimes. We understand the serious nature of these charges and the potential consequences you face. Our San Benito theft crime lawyer can provide the aggressive defense you need to fight the charges and protect your rights.

If you have been charged with theft, call (956) 275-9191 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our attorney.

Types of Theft Charges in Texas

There are many different types of theft charges in Texas. The specific charge you face will depend on the value of the property or services stolen, as well as the circumstances of the theft. Our attorney can help you understand the charges you face and the potential penalties.

Some of the most common theft charges in Texas include:

  • Shoplifting
  • Grand theft
  • Petty theft
  • Auto theft
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Embezzlement
  • Credit card fraud
  • Identity theft

Penalties for Theft in Texas

In Texas, theft is a crime that is taken very seriously. The penalties for theft depend on the value of the property or services stolen, as well as the circumstances of the theft. In general, the more valuable the property or services, the more severe the penalties. If you have been charged with theft, it is important to have an experienced San Benito theft crimes attorney on your side.

The penalties for theft in Texas are as follows:

  • Less than $100: If the value of the property or services stolen is less than $100, the crime is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500.
  • $100 to $750: If the value of the property or services stolen is $100 or more but less than $750, the crime is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
  • $750 to $2,500: If the value of the property or services stolen is $750 or more but less than $2,500, the crime is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.
  • $2,500 to $30,000: If the value of the property or services stolen is $2,500 or more but less than $30,000, the crime is a state jail felony, punishable by 180 days to two years in state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
  • $30,000 to $150,000: If the value of the property or services stolen is $30,000 or more but less than $150,000, the crime is a third-degree felony, punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
  • $150,000 to $300,000: If the value of the property or services stolen is $150,000 or more but less than $300,000, the crime is a second-degree felony, punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
  • $300,000 or more: If the value of the property or services stolen is $300,000 or more, the crime is a first-degree felony, punishable by five to 99 years or life in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Defending Against Theft Charges

If you have been charged with theft, there are several defenses that may be available to you. Our attorney can review the facts of your case and help you determine the best defense strategy. We will work to build a strong and effective defense on your behalf.

Some of the most common defenses to theft charges include:

  • Mistaken identity: In some cases, the person who committed the theft is not the person who is charged with the crime. If you have been falsely accused of theft, we can help you prove your innocence.
  • Lack of intent: To be convicted of theft, the prosecution must prove that you intended to steal the property or services. If you took the property or services by mistake or without intending to steal them, you may have a valid defense.
  • Consent: If the owner of the property or services gave you permission to take them, you cannot be convicted of theft. If you have been charged with theft, we can help you prove that you had the owner's consent.
  • Entrapment: If you were induced to commit theft by a law enforcement officer, you may have a valid defense. We can help you determine if entrapment is a viable defense in your case.

Why Choose Gustavo D. Elizondo III, Attorney at Law?

At Gustavo D. Elizondo III, Attorney at Law, we are committed to providing the aggressive and effective representation you need. Our San Benito theft crime lawyer will fight to protect your rights and help you achieve the best possible outcome in your case. We are available to answer your questions and address your concerns at any time. Our attorney will be with you at every stage of the legal process and will keep you informed about the progress of your case.

If you have been charged with theft, call (956) 275-9191 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our attorney.

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What Makes Us Different?

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  • We Treat You Like Family

    At our firm, you will not be treated like a number. Every client gets treated with the time and the respect they deserve to best suit their needs.

  • A Family Legacy

    Attorney Gustavo D. Elizondo, III is the grandson of Judge Reynaldo G. Garza, the first Mexican-American federal judge in United States history.

  • Experienced Trial Attorney

    Attorney Gustavo Elizondo, III has tried numerous jury trials. His knowledge, determination, and perseverance have made him successful in the courtroom.

  • Former Prosecutor

    Attorney Gustavo D. Elizondo, III began his legal career as a state prosecutor in the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office.