The term “theft” is a general word that covers a number of offenses, mainly interpreted as crimes that include depriving another person of their property. It is often mistaken for larceny, which is the act of taking another person’s personal property. However, “theft” involves a number of crimes of taking someone else’s property intending to deprive that person of its possession. States may have their own laws regarding theft, larceny, and embezzlement, and they also have their own laws pertaining to how they address it according to its severity. These criminal laws differ depending on whether the crime is a felony or a misdemeanor. Those who have been charged with felony theft can suffer from more severe penalties than those who have committed misdemeanor crime.
The state laws will be the one who determines whether the theft is a felony or a misdemeanor. Generally, state laws define felonies according to the value of the stolen property or other factors involving the crime; grand theft is what is generally considered as felony theft, although there are some cases where grand theft charges also apply to misdemeanor offenses. Because felony theft convictions have more severe penalties, they usually entail imprisonment of a year or more and a fine of $1,000 or more, although actual felony convictions would depend on the state as well as the circumstance related to the case. Among the usual penalties for felony theft are fines, prison time, probation, and restitution.
Even for a person who does not have prior criminal convictions and believe that they are innocent may suffer from devastating effects of the severe penalties that go with a felony theft conviction. A guilty felony theft conviction may not only cause criminal penalties, but also restrain your possibilities for jobs or travel abroad. Finding the right Dallas criminal defense attorney is essential because they are the ones who understands how the trial may proceed and have the experience of handling such cases with the laws pertaining to the state. They would also be important sources of information and representation when it comes to dealing with the prosecutors, judges, and deal with the justice system applicable to the state.