Houston Felony Theft Bonds
GET OUT OF JAIL WITH HOUSTON FELONY THEFT BONDS
When you’ve been arrested for theft, your first thought is getting out of jail fast. However, depending on the value of the stolen items and other aggravating circumstances, release may require Houston felony theft bonds. Access Bonding Services specializes in felony bonds, and can arrange a temporary theft bond release throughout Greater Houston.
THREE COMMON WAYS TEXANS COMMIT THEFT
The term “grand theft” is not mentioned in Texas Penal Code 31.01. Instead, Texas consolidates and defines theft crimes generically as “taking property with the intent to deprive the owner”. To charge and arrest you for theft, the police must show criminal intent AND possession of the property. The most common theft violations in Texas are:
- GENERAL THEFT
- ACCEPTING STOLEN PROPERTY
Other criminal actions considered “Theft” under this statute range from bad check crimes, to serious offenses like auto theft.
PUNITIVE GUIDELINES FOR THEFT CONVICTIONS IN TEXAS
Stealing property worth less than $1500 is considered a misdemeanor in Texas, with maximum penalties of 1 year in jail and a $4000 fine. In general, the level of charges and theft bond conditions will be set relative to the stolen property’s value:
- STATE JAIL FELONY: $1,500 or more, but less than $20,000
- THIRD DEGREE FELONY: $20,000 or more, but less than $100,000.
- SECOND DEGREE FELONY: $100,000 or more, but less than $200,000.
- FIRST DEGREE FELONY: $200,000 or more.
Restitution is usually ordered, and the Texas Theft Liability Act allows for civil suit if you are convicted of any level of theft. Temporary release on a Houston felony theft bond will allow you to maintain your job, home and other responsibilities as you defend yourself against the theft charges.
THE LIFETIME CONSEQUENCES OF STEALING
Theft is considered “a crime of moral turpitude”, and conviction creates a permanent public criminal record. This can prevent you from securing employment, academic scholarships, and public benefits. Houston felony theft bonds can get you out of jail so you can fully assist in your defense. Don’t let a mistake or misunderstanding ruin the rest of your life!
Contact Access Bonding Services for your Houston felony theft bond release today.