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THEFT>=100<750 - Conroe Theft Attorney

What does THEFT>=100<750 mean if you have a loved one arrested for theft in Conroe or Montgomery County, Texas?

THEFT>=100<750 is a coded name that the Montgomery county jail uses on their jail roster website to show that someone was arrested for a Class B misdemeanor offense. A class B misdemeanor Being arrested for a Class B misdemeanor offense of theft, especially in places like the Woodlands, Conroe, or Houston, Texas, can be unnerving, but having an experienced criminal defense lawyer like Brian Foley can be a game-changer. Brian's background as a former chief prosecutor handling thousands of theft (shoplifting) charges gives him a unique advantage in defending those accused of theft in Montgomery or Harris County, Texas.

Understanding the legal intricacies of theft is crucial. Theft, as Brian explains, is a broad offense encompassing acts of stealing that were once categorized under different terms like larceny, embezzlement, or larceny by trick. Today, these acts are consolidated under Chapter 31 of the Texas Penal Code. To secure a conviction for theft, prosecutors must demonstrate that a person unlawfully appropriated property with the intent to deprive the owner of it.

But what constitutes appropriation and intent? Appropriation involves acquiring or exercising control over property, while depriving means withholding property from the owner permanently or for a significant period, diminishing its value or enjoyment. Brian clarifies that even if someone doesn't leave the store with the stolen item, they can still be charged with theft if they exert control over it with the intent to steal.

Brian also sheds light on the Shopkeeper's Privilege, allowing store employees to detain individuals suspected of theft in a reasonable manner and for a reasonable duration to investigate ownership of the property. However, he warns against resisting such detention, as it could escalate the charge to robbery if force is used.

Regarding punishment, theft (shoplifting) is a Class B misdemeanor in Texas, carrying a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and up to a $2,000 fine. With Brian Foley's expertise, individuals facing such charges can navigate the legal process with a seasoned advocate by their side, striving for the best possible outcome amidst the challenging circumstances.



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