Austin Property Crimes Lawyer
A variety of property crimes are defined in the Texas Penal Code. These include acts of stealing, illegal entry into a building, various types of fraud, robbery, and vandalism. Being convicted of a property crime can be devastating to one's career and future prospects because it is a conviction associated with "moral turpitude" and problems with the conscience. Such a conviction can return to haunt you well after you've paid all fines and served any jail time. Employers, landlords, government agencies, or really anyone performing a background check will typically view a criminal record of property crimes with an extremely negative and skeptical outlook.
If you're facing charges on grounds of a property crime in Austin, contact us right away to discuss what can be done. You cannot afford to delay taking action when your reputation is at stake.
Property Crimes in Austin
Any attempt to take (or even move) something without the owner's permission is a theft. It is not necessary to succeed or get away with the act for a theft to occur; an attempt to steal is a sufficient basis for being convicted of the charge. If the item's value is $50 or less, it's considered petty theft and unlikely to result in jail time. Property values between $50 and $500 are Class B Misdemeanors with possible jail time.
Shoplifting is a type of theft where property is taken from a retail store or business establishment. Punishments for shoplifting are set by the value of the property taken.
Criminal mischief, also known as vandalism, is committed if a person intentionally or recklessly damages the property of another. Depending on the value of the damages, the punishment range can be only a fine or it can be a felony resulting in a prison sentence.
Burglary involves an illegal entry into a building or vehicle with the intent to commit a crime. Often the planned crime will be theft, but it could be vandalism, assault, or any other illegal act. Burglary is a serious offense with jail time as a real possibility.
Robbery is intentionally injuring or threatening to injure another during a theft. It involves imparting the fear of injury or death in a victim. Since force is already a part of robbery, aggravated robbery is a robbery conducted with a deadly weapon.
Talk to an Experienced Property Crimes Lawyer in Austin
Sue Berkel is a former prosecutor for the state of Texas and has extensive experience with the criminal justice process. Having worked on the "other side" of the justice system, she knows which circumstances are likely to result in convictions and which are not. Contact us today for a free consultation on your property crimes charges.