The Strauss Law Firm Defends Burglary & Theft Charges
From the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, motor vehicle theft is defined as the theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. In the UCR Program, a motor vehicle is a self-propelled vehicle that runs on land surfaces and not on rails. Examples of motor vehicles include sport utility vehicles, automobiles, trucks, buses, motorcycles, motor scooters, all-terrain vehicles, and snowmobiles. Motor vehicle theft does not include farm equipment, bulldozers, airplanes, construction equipment, or water craft such as motorboats, sailboats, houseboats, or jet skis. If you have been arrested and charged with the theft of a motor vehicle call the Strauss Law Firm 24 Hour Help Line: 713-586-9200.
Robbery is the crime of stealing or attempting to steal or otherwise take property by threat of injury or force or by putting the victim in fear.
Types of robbery:
In Texas shoplifting is a serious crime with substantial penalties, including fines and/or a jail sentence. Convicted shoplifters also can be sued by merchants in civil court to recover damages.
Receipt and or Possession of Stolen Property is the act of keeping in possession goods that have been obtained by illegal means such as theft, robbery, fraud, embezzlement or extortion. If the person is unaware that the goods are stolen but upon discovery returns them to the actual owner no crime has been committed.
The criminal offense of breaking and entering a building illegally for the purpose of committing a crime. Many people are under the false understanding that "breaking" actually means breaking a door or window to gain entry. The law clearly states that no great force is needed (pushing open a door or slipping through an open window is sufficient) if the entry is unauthorized. Contrary to common belief, a burglary is not necessarily for theft. It can apply to any crime, such as assault or sexual harassment, whether the intended criminal act is committed or not.
The criminal offense of breaking and entering a residence illegally for the purpose of committing a crime while the residents are at home. In Texas, home invasion is generally prosecuted under statues related to unauthorized and forceful entry into a dwelling. Generally, home invasion burglary is a felony, punishable by severe fines and jail time and if the perpetrator is armed the penalty could be life in prison.
According to Texas Penal Code § 31.04, an individual can be charged with theft of service if they intentionally avoid paying for a service they know is provided for compensation only. This can include:
The laws concerning any type of theft from shoplifting to armed robbery are serious offenses in the state of Texas and can result in severe punishment including incarceration. There are enhanced minimum sentences when the offense is committed against a victim who is elderly, pregnant, incapacitated, in a public vehicle such as a bus or a train, between family members, when the victim is a law enforcement or correctional officer, and in other special circumstances.
If possible it is in your best interest to have an attorney with you at the time of arrest. During arrests, mistakes can occur than can both violate your legal rights and hinder evidence that could be used to defend you. Assault cases require not only an experienced and knowledgeable attorney with good defense strategies but an attorney is familiar with the local courts and law enforcement agencies.