Consequences of a Theft Conviction

Four Serious Consequences of a Dallas Theft Crime

Theft crimes can range in severity. From minor shoplifting misdemeanor charges to felony charges for a home invasion, the penalties and consequences you face may be more similar than you realize.

Here are four consequences that could impact your life if convicted of a felony or misdemeanor theft crime in Texas:

  1. Jail or Prison Time. The amount of time you spend in confinement will be determined based on the severity of the crime you are accused of committing. Both felonies and misdemeanor theft crime convictions usually result in some amount of time behind bars. Sentences over one year in length are commonly served in prison, while shorter terms may be served in jail.
  2. Fines. There may be significant fines that you must pay in addition to the jail time you face. These fines are also based on the severity of the crime you are charged with committing.
  3. Employment. If convicted, your employment status may be put in jeopardy. Your current employer may fire you for having to miss work due to jail time or for being convicted of a crime. You may also have a more significantly more difficult time getting a job in the future with a conviction on your criminal record.
  4. Immigration Status. If you are an immigrant, your status in the United States may be dependent on a criminal charge. When you see an immigration agent about your status, having a conviction on your record can impact your application acceptance or denial.

The consequences of a felony or misdemeanor conviction for a theft crime can stay with you forever. Even a misdemeanor charge—which may at first seem to be a minor inconvenience—can have serious effects on your future.

If you were charged with a Texas felony or misdemeanor, it is critical that you put legal counsel on your side. At the Law Office of Francisco Hernandez, you get a Fort Worth board certified criminal defense attorney representing you. This means you have an ally who is both knowledgeable in the law and also experienced in going to trial defending people like you in front of a judge and jury. In addition, you get the individualized attention your case needs and deserves in order for you to get the best possible outcome in your case.

The consequences of a Dallas theft crime can be serious. Call us today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you protect your innocence and your future.

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