Aggressive Dallas Theft Defense Attorneys

Handling Robbery & Burglary Charges

The Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC is an aggressive criminal defense firm with a reputation for getting results in trial. If you were charged with burglary, theft, larceny, shoplifting, or any other type of theft crime in Dallas County, McLain is the Dallas criminal defense attorney you need on your side.

A conviction for either theft or burglary has far reaching consequences that affect your ability to get student loans, limit job and career opportunities, and may even restrict your ability to get a loan. You need an award winning defense attorney for theft charges, burglary crimes, and other allegations of moral turpitude who can protect your freedom and prove your innocence.

Call (214) 238-9392 now to schedule a consultation with a
Dallas theft crime lawyer at our firm. Se habla Español.

What Is the Difference between Theft & Robbery?

Theft and burglary charges are both accusations of stealing, but there are important differences between these two charges in Texas. The degree of punishment can vary widely for theft and burglary charges, depending on the value of the item or items stolen, the specifics of those items, and how they were stolen.

According to Texas law, theft is considered robbery when it involves a threat or use of force or violence. Burglary on the other hand, is concealed entry into a building or home without permission with the intent to commit a theft or assault.

The penalties for theft charges can vary widely, depending on what was allegedly stolen, or attempted to be stolen. Our attorneys can help defend the following, and more:

  • Theft by Check
  • Petty Theft
  • Aggravated Theft
  • Larceny (Simple Theft)
  • Grand Theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Theft of Service

Misdemeanor Theft Charges

The following describe the conditions for theft when it falls under the category of a misdemeanor:

  • Class C misdemeanor theft: Stolen property valued at no greater than $100
  • Class B misdemeanor theft: Property that is less than $750 but more than $100
  • Class B misdemeanor theft: Property less than $100, but there is a prior theft conviction on record
  • Class A misdemeanor theft: Property no greater than $2,500 but more than $750

Felony Theft Charges in Texas by Value Stolen

Some misdemeanor theft charges can be enhanced to felony crimes in specific situations, including the value of the property, the quantity of stolen goods, and if the stolen property falls within a certain category, like a car or precious metal.

Felonies include:

  • State jail felony: Property valued between $2,500 and $30,000
  • State jail felony: Certain livestock valued under $30,000
  • State jail felony: Property valued under $2,500 with two or more previous convictions
  • State jail felony: Includes stolen ballot or election materials
  • State jail felony: Aluminum, bronze, copper, or brass valued at less than $20,000
  • Third degree felony: Property valued at $30,000 to $150,00
  • Second degree felony: Property valued at $150,00 to $300,000
  • First-degree felony: Property exceeding $300,000

Some property theft is always considered a felony regardless of whether the accused has any prior convictions or the value of the property. Examples include any property stolen from a corpse, grave, or military grave marker; the stolen property is a firearm, gun, or weapon of mass destruction; property that contains election results or ballot counts; or if the property was stolen by a public servant who obtained it through their position or status as a public figure.

Call (214) 238-9392 to speak with a Dallas theft defense lawyer for help protecting your rights.


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