A theft conviction in Texas can result in penalties ranging from a fine to a jail sentence depending on the nature of the charge. The resulting criminal record can affect your ability to get a job or a home.
There are options to defend yourself against a theft charge.
You thought you had permission
Theft is a term used for taking something without authorization. It does not qualify as theft if you have any reason to believe that you had permission to take the item in question. Whether you asked and there was a miscommunication or something changed afterward, you might avoid conviction if you believed that you had permission.
You were under duress
Crimes committed under duress may not result in convictions. If you stole something because you or a loved one faced threats or were subject to intimidation, you may have a duress defense. Any evidence you have that proves that the threats occurred is beneficial for this defense.
You did not know that you had it
When you have a stolen item in your possession but you were unaware of it until your arrest, that is a defense. If you can prove that you had no knowledge of the item in your home or vehicle, you may avoid a conviction.
Since theft convictions can follow you for many years, it is important to fight the charges if you can. The right approach may save you from time in jail, costly fines and long-term negative effects.