If you’re arrested for theft, the prosecutor must prove you took the property without the owner’s permission and with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of his property, or deliberately used another’s services with the intent to not pay them.

The most common type of theft arrest is for shoplifting usually under $500 and it is a Class B misdemeanor. You could be sentenced to serve up to 6 months in county jail and a $2000 fine.

All theft convictions are categorized as a “crime of moral turpitude”, even for petty shoplifting. Sound bad? It is. Sex crimes are also categorized as “crimes of moral turpitude”. Crazy? You bet. But it is the law.

A theft conviction brands you as a thief and a liar for the rest of your life. A conviction will always stay on your record. It could make it harder for you to get a job. It could prevent you from getting student loans or scholarships. It could prevent you from obtaining many types of state-issued professional licensing, anything from barber, bail bondsman, or CNA, to nurse, doctor, or lawyer. If you take a conviction for theft, it will follow you for the rest of your life

If you want to fix your mistake and return to a normal life, then don’t you want the chance to get the theft charged removed or erased from your record? We can help.

At the Law Office of Mary Beth Harrell, we understand that you may have been falsely accused or simply made a mistake. We are dedicated to helping you return to pursuing your goals and dreams. We have years of experience in handling theft cases. Our law firm has a successful record in defending clients charged with a variety of felony theft offenses.


In Texas, felony theft charges are divided into four categories:

  • State jail felony: value of $2,500 or more, but less than $30,000
  • Felony of the third degree: value of $30,000 or more, but less than $150,000
  • Felony of the second degree: value of $150,000 or more, but less than $300,000
  • Felony of the first degree: value of $300,000 or more

Depending on the level of the Felony Theft convictions, you could be sentenced to up to 2 years in state jail or up to 99 years in prison and ordered to pay $100,000 fine.


The dedicated and experienced staff at the Harrell Law Firm understand that getting arrested doesn’t mean you’re guilty. We have the knowledge and skill to help you take back control of your life. We will do our best to try to get your case dismissed, reduced and avoid a theft conviction. Contact our office today at (254) 680-4655 to speak with a theft offenses lawyer to find out exactly what we can do for you.

We represent clients throughout Bell County, Coryell County, Lampasas County, McLennan County & Williamson County in Texas. The Harrell Law Firm works with U.S. Magistrate Court, Fort Hood and U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, Waco.