A person commits a theft offense in Texas if he or she unlawfully appropriates property with intent to deprive the owner of property. Texas Penal Code § 31.02 consolidated separate offenses previously known as theft, theft by false pretext, conversion by a bailee, theft from the person, shoplifting, acquisition of property by threat, swindling, swindling by worthless check, embezzlement, extortion, receiving or concealing embezzled property, and receiving or concealing stolen property into the single offense of theft as defined under Texas Penal Code § 31.03.
Theft crimes in Texas may be misdemeanor or felony offenses, depending on the value of the property involved as well as the alleged offender’s prior criminal record. In addition to possible incarceration and fines, alleged offenders could also be subject to civil penalties.
If you were arrested or think that you could be under investigation for any kind of alleged theft offense in Denton County, it is in your best interest to immediately retain legal counsel. Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy aggressively defends clients in Flower Mound, Highland Village, Lewisville, Little Elm, The Colony, Argyle, and many other surrounding areas of Denton County.
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Under Texas Penal Code § 31.03(b), appropriation of property is considered unlawful if:
Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy handles a wide variety of alleged theft offenses in Denton County, including:
The Texas Theft Liability Act (TTLA), established under Title 6, Chapter 134 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, allows the alleged victims of theft offenses to file civil causes of action against the alleged offenders for damages resulting from any alleged theft. Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 134.003 establishes that a person who commits theft is liable for the damages resulting from the theft, and a parent or other person who has the duty of control and reasonable discipline of a child is liable for theft committed by the child.
Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 134.005, any person who has sustained damages resulting from theft may recover:
Victims who have sustained damages as the result of a theft can also recover court costs and reasonable and necessary attorney's fees. Alleged victims (or plaintiffs) can be ordered to pay the attorney’s fees of alleged offenders (or defendants), however, if their TTLA claims are unsuccessful.
Police | City of Denton — Visit this section of the Denton Police Department website to submit an online citizen police report relating to a theft crime. After submitting an online report, you can print a copy for your records. If the incident is considered an emergency, then you should call 911.
Denton Police Department
601 E. Hickory St.
Denton, TX 76205
Crime Stoppers | Denton County, Texas — The Crime Stoppers program offers cash rewards to persons providing anonymous information that leads to the arrest of criminals and fugitives. You can call or submit tips online or by text message. You can also view a list of the most wanted suspects in Denton County.
Denton County Crime Stoppers
Denton County Sheriff's Office
127 N. Woodrow Lane
Denton, Texas 76205
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