Theft cases in Williamson County can stem from numerous situations. Shoplifting, burglary, robbery, embezzlement, passing bad or hot checks, receiving stolen property, or using someone’s vehicle without their permission fall within the category of theft. The problem with any of these crimes is that they are all considered crimes of moral turpitude. In simple terms, this means that you are untrustworthy. Employers, colleges, licensing agencies, and landlords frown upon such convictions and spend a considerable amount of time seeing if there is a way to avoid hiring, admitting, licensing, or leasing to someone with such a conviction.
While the amount “stolen” determines the level of the theft charge, there are certain exceptions that focus on the conduct. For instance, using someone’s debit/credit card without their permission is a felony, even if you only bought a burger and fries with it. If you have two prior convictions, being charged with stealing a pack of gum can result in a felony charge in Texas as well. A criminal defense lawyer can help with this.
Because a theft conviction can have life-altering consequences, such as not being able to obtain certain licenses, or work as a cashier someplace, it is important that you hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Depending upon the facts and circumstances surrounding your case, it may be possible to agree to the dismissal of the case if the property is returned, the check is paid, or something along similar lines occurs.