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What To Expect from Theft Crimes and How an El Paso Lawyer Can Help

If you’ve been charged with theft, you require a strong legal defense. Theft, or larceny, is defined by the act of taking someone’s property with the intent of depriving the original owner of that property. Although you’ve been charged, there are ways to build a defense that may reduce the charges or get rid of them altogether. Lack of intent is the top option while mistake of fact, which means the property was not stolen in the first place, also constitutes as a strong defence. Sergio Coronado Law has been serving the El Paso area since 1989. Our team is adept at providing the necessary legal aid to residents of the Southwest.

 

Theft, Categorically Speaking

Theft, just like many other crimes, is generally split up into categories. The degree of the crime committed in this regard will be categorized by the value of the stolen property. In fact, depending on the amount stolen, the charges can range from misdemeanors to felonies.

  • Class A misdemeanor: $500 or more, but less than $1,500

  • Class B misdemeanor: $50 or more, but less than $500

  • Class C misdemeanor: $50 or less

  • State Jail felony: $1,500 or more, but less than $20,000

  • Third degree felony: $100,000 or more, but less than $200,000

  • First degree felony: $200,000 or more

 

Auto Theft

Auto theft is a broad term. It covers many types of theft, from carjacking and joyriding to failing to return a rental car. All of these instances can lead to a theft charge. Thankfully, there are many defenses available for you to avoid harsh punishments. Consent is a common defense wherein you’ll claim that you had the owner’s permission or consent to use their vehicle. Intent is another defense that’s commonly used in theft cases. One could claim that he or she never intended to deprive the vehicle’s owner of their property. This crime would be categorized as unauthorized use of a vehicle.

 

Shoplifting

From taking products from a store without paying or altering price tags in order to pay a lower amount, shoplifting can manifest in a variety of ways. One thing remains true when it comes to shoplifting, however. It is defined as theft and, depending on the amount stolen, it will lead to different types of penalties.

 

Burglary

The act of entering a private property without consent with the intent to commit theft is defined as burglary. Burglary also encompasses the intent to commit a felony or assault. This act can range from state jail felony (if the burglary was committed in a building that was not a habitation) to second degree felony, if it was committed in a habitation. Burglary can be charged as a first degree felony if the defendant entered the habitation with an intent to commit a felony other than theft.

 

It’s Time to Contact Your Criminal Defense Lawyer in El Paso

If you’re facing theft charges, you deserve a strong legal defense. At Sergio Coronado Law, we understand the battle you’re up against and will work in your favor. Sergio Coronado is proud to offer his 30-plus years of experience in criminal defense to the Southwest. No matter the severity of the theft crime, there are defenses available that can combat the charges. Contact our office today to learn more about how we can help.

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