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Many property crimes in Texas are charged as felonies

On Behalf of | Dec 19, 2023 | Criminal Defense

Felony property crimes are serious offenses that involve taking, damaging or destroying another person’s property. Many assume property crimes do not pose harsh penalties, but if charged as a felony, your life can change substantially.

In Texas, felony charges can have severe consequences upon conviction, such as fines and incarceration. Here are three of the most common felony property crimes in Texas.

Theft offenses

A loose definition of theft is taking someone else’s property without their permission and with the intent to deprive them of it permanently. The offense is classified into different degrees depending on the value of the stolen property. For example, taking property worth more than $2,500 is typically a felony crime in Texas.

Arson crimes

Deliberately setting fire to property is often charged as felony arson in Texas, and it carries significant penalties. The severity of the charges hinges on the specific circumstances, but the base offense is typically a felony, punishable by years in prison and costly fines. If the fire injures or kills others, the consequences of conviction are even more severe.

Criminal mischief

Criminal mischief and vandalism often result in misdemeanor charges. However, if the damage is extensive or weapons (firearms, explosives, etc.) are involved, it could be a felony offense.

The type of property also matters. For example, damaging critical infrastructure components (such as power facilities) physically or through a cyberattack is punished severely.

If charged with property crimes, do not take your circumstances lightly. Instead, consider getting legal guidance to protect your rights and help you present a strong criminal defense.