Articles Posted in Theft Offenses

White-collar crimes, often involving financial deception or fraud, present a unique set of challenges for lawmakers and criminal attorneys alike. The evolving economy in the digital age necessitates new laws and regulations to address the evolving nature of white-collar crime. A recent judicial opinion from the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas sheds light on the intricate nature of defending against such charges, particularly in light of the evolving legal landscape that is affected by new legislation and regulations in the white-collar field.

The recently published opinion delves into the amendments made to the forgery statute by the Texas Legislature in 2017, which introduced subsection (e-1) and modified the felony provisions in subsections (d) and (e)in cases involving forgery under Section 32.21 of the Texas Penal Code. These amendments signal the Legislature’s intent to prioritize certain elements of forgery offenses over others, creating a hierarchical framework that impacts the classification and prosecution of such crimes. As a result of the legislative changes, prosecutors found themselves at odds with judges who appeared to add additional elements to the offense.

One significant aspect illuminated in the opinion is the application of the in pari materia doctrine, which dictates that when statutes irreconcilably conflict, defendants have a right to be prosecuted under a “special” statute that aligns with the specific elements of their offense. This principle underscores the importance of accurately assessing the statutory elements at play and advocating for the most favorable interpretation for the defendant.

Continue reading

Theft charges in Kaufman County can have significant consequences, including criminal penalties, fines, and damage to your reputation. If you are facing theft charges, it is essential that you understand the potential legal implications of your arrest and seek the guidance of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney.

At Guest & Gray, we want our clients to understand everything there is to know about the charges against them because we find that provides much-needed peace of mind. So, read on to learn more about the different types of theft charges, potential penalties if you are convicted, and the importance of having an aggressive Kaufman County criminal defense attorney by your side at every step of the way.

Types of Theft Charges

Theft charges encompass a broad range of offenses, including shoplifting, burglary, robbery, and embezzlement. Shoplifting involves stealing merchandise from a store, while burglary refers to unlawfully entering a building with the intent to commit a theft or felony. Robbery involves taking property from another person by force or threat. Embezzlement occurs when someone misappropriates funds entrusted to them by an employer or organization. The penalties for theft charges depend on the specific offense, the value of the stolen property, and the presence of aggravating factors.

Continue reading

Contact Information