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How Thefts Turn into Other Criminal Charges

When people understand the law, it helps them determine the boundaries of their actions. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand the law, but Law Office of John L. Venza Jr. is here to help. Today, we will show how theft crimes can turn into other criminal charges.

Theft Charges

A theft crime could be any of the following:

  • Theft from a person;
  • Shoplifting;
  • Swindling;
  • Embezzlement;
  • Extortion;
  • Receiving or concealing stolen property.

Typically, theft crimes are classified by the value of the stolen property. Therefore, the higher the value, the higher the potential penalties. Now, let’s look at examples where theft crimes could result in additional penalties for the accused.

Robbery Charges

If someone is injured or threatened during a theft, the accused could face robbery charges. Robbery charges are more severe than a majority of theft charges because robbery charges are classified as felonies in Texas.

It’s important to note that robbery charges are not impacted necessarily by intent. If a robber accidentally hurts someone during the course of an alleged heist, he or she could face robbery charges.

Aggravated Robbery Charges

If someone is severely injured during a theft, or if the theft is executed with a deadly weapon, the accused could face aggravated robbery charges. Aggravated robbery charges are classified as first-degree felonies in Texas. Therefore, it’s never a good idea to commit theft with a deadly weapon.

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