In Texas, theft is a serious offense that comes with varying degrees of penalties based on the value of the stolen property and other factors. As the value of the stolen goods increases, so too does the severity of the potential penalties.
Understanding the legal distinctions among the different levels of theft in Texas can also aid in comprehending the seriousness of this crime.
Class C misdemeanor
In Texas, a Class C misdemeanor applies when the value of the stolen property is less than $50. It is the least serious theft charge and a conviction can result in a fine of up to $500.
Class B misdemeanor
Theft becomes a Class B misdemeanor when the value of the stolen property ranges from $50 to less than $500. If convicted, you could face up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
Class A misdemeanor
If the value of the stolen property is $500 to less than $1,500, the theft is a Class A misdemeanor. A conviction can lead to a jail sentence of up to one year and a fine of up to $4,000.
State jail felony
When the stolen property is worth $1,500 to less than $20,000, it is a state jail felony. Penalties can include 180 days to two years in state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
The theft becomes a third-degree felony if the value of the stolen goods is $20,000 to less than $100,000. This level of theft can lead to a prison sentence of two to ten years and a fine of up to $10,000.
Second and first-degree felonies
A second-degree felony applies when the stolen property is worth $100,000 to less than $200,000, while a first-degree felony theft is when the stolen property is worth $200,000 or more. Penalties can range from two to 20 years in prison for a second-degree felony and five to 99 years for a first-degree felony, along with fines up to $10,000.
Being aware of these different levels of theft can help you understand the legal repercussions and the severity of the charges one might face if convicted.