Criminal Defense attorney Benson Varghese discusses what should you do if you are accused of theft in Texas.
There are generally two very broad types of theft that come into our office regularly. The first type of theft offense is when a person is accused of taking an item. For example, shoplifting. The second broad category of theft is when a person is accused to taking money or diverting money over a long period of time. That second category of theft generally falls into a felony punishment range and is generally handled by the Economic Crimes Unit of a prosecuting office.
In either situation, what we’re trying to accomplish is more than keeping a person out of jail or out of prison because, in Texas, a theft is considered a crime of moral turpitude, and a conviction for that, even if you were kept out of jail, would mean a person could use that against you in many ways whether that’s getting housing or cross-examining you on the stand if you’re ever a witness. Our goal is to negotiate an outcome or show weaknesses in the State’s case to such a degree that a person not only avoids jail time or prison time but also avoids a conviction on their record.
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