Defense Attorneys Defending Theft Charges on the State and Federal Levels
Theft is a broad term, and it applies to an extensive range of activity here in Texas. Upon hearing the word, most of us imagine a shoplifter or a pickpocket. Certainly, those are serious theft crimes in and of themselves.
Theft laws apply to less-obvious conduct too. In addition to complex or violent offenses like burglary or robbery, theft might also pertain to identity fraud, embezzlement, laundering schemes, and more.
Some of these offenses don’t even require the taking of someone else’s property at all! That might be surprising, but it just goes to show that criminal law has a wider reach than people may realize – a fact that often gets innocent folks into trouble.
Frustratingly, the people who stand accused of theft crimes in this country often had no idea they were doing anything wrong. That’s an important distinction, though, because most theft crimes require the prosecution to prove intent prior to convicting.
But it isn’t easy to fight issues like intent, consent, and other factors pertaining to theft. Prosecutors have considerable might, and they take theft cases very seriously. Without an aggressive team of attorneys standing by your side, you could face an uphill battle for freedom, even if you are innocent.
At Oberheiden & McMurrey, LLP, we provide bold and effective legal defense for the people of Texas and beyond. Our state and federal theft defense attorneys have successfully fought theft-related charges in a number of cases and won. We understand what these charges demand, and we know how to hold the prosecutors accountable to the law.
Whether you are facing criminal accusations in state or federal court, you need to act now to avoid harsher penalties than you deserve. We can help.
In each case that we accept, we fight with fierce determination for a dismissal of the charges. By setting our sights on the best possible outcome for your case, we commit ourselves to the future that you want for yourself.
We offer strategic, urgent, and judgment-free criminal defense. Please call our legal team today to learn more.
Theft-Related Charges in Texas
Common theft charges under Texas criminal law include:
- Petty theft
- Burglary of a coin-operated machine
- Burglary of a business
- Home burglary
- Fraud (bank fraud, check fraud, credit fraud, insurance fraud, etc.)
- Internet crimes involving misappropriation or fraud
- Identity theft
- Grand theft
- Possession of stolen property
- Criminal trespass
- Criminal conversion
Federal Theft Charges
Just as the State of Texas has criminalized most forms of theft as state-system criminal offenses, the federal government is also able to pursue some theft acts as separate federal offenses.
Federal larceny laws are designed primarily to protect public property (that is, property owned or insured by the federal government). Accordingly, if you steal property from a building and are brought up on federal charges, it’s likely that the institution was federally protected.
Some crimes almost always trigger federal investigation. Bank robbery, high-level financial fraud, embezzlement from a federal institution, and certain Internet crimes are all likely to involve federal law enforcement.
Additionally, some state investigations can involve ancillary federal charges. Examples include a state robbery case involving federal weapons charges, or burglary involving illegal drugs that are allegedly used in an interstate trafficking conspiracy.
While most theft cases are resolved entirely in the state courts, it is important to understand that the feds can get involved in many ways, and they are often eager to do so.
If you are facing federal theft charges, please contact the experienced federal theft defense attorneys at Oberheiden & McMurrey, LLP today.
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Whether your charges are state or federal in nature, it is always a mistake to represent yourself in any criminal proceeding. Even if you’re innocent, you are no match for the lawyers on the other side – and their goal is to maximize your sentence, regardless of how fair or unfair that might be.
Likewise, defendants often ultimately regret entrusting their defense to public defense lawyers, who may be very dedicated to their jobs but are simply overburdened by a hectic legal system. It is very difficult for today’s public defenders to give their cases the time and attention that they really deserve.
Theft charges are extremely serious, and you need to respond in the right way. Please don’t delay. Contact the experienced state and federal theft defense attorneys in our office by calling 1-888-356-4634. You can also submit our online form to request a free consultation today.