Grand Larceny Charge in McLennan County
Have you been accused of grand larceny in Waco? Texas has strict laws for theft allegations like grand larceny. A conviction for theft can have wide ranging effects. You need an aggressive advocate on your side to fight any charge involving grand larceny. Thomas C. West is a board certified criminal defense lawyer and former McLennan County prosecutor. His experience as an assistant McLennan County District Attorney in grand larceny cases can help provide important strategy and spot weakness in the prosecution’s case. Call him at 254-753-6437 for a free 30 minute consultation.
Waco Grand Larceny Arrest?
The Texas Penal Code defines theft in §31.03 and states that a person commits the offense of theft if he or she unlawfully appropriates property with intent to deprive the owner of property. Furthermore, appropriation of property is unlawful if:
- It is without the owners effective consent;
- The property is stolen and the actor appropriates the property knowing it was stolen by another; or
- Property in the custody of any law enforcement agency was explicitly represented by any law enforcement agent to the actor as being stolen and the actors appropriates the property believing it was stolen by another.
Grand larceny is the theft of property with a value in excess of $500. If the value of the stolen goods was in excess of $500 but $1500 or less, the individuals will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, a Class A misdemeanor brings a possible sentence of up to 1 year in jail and/or a maximum fine of $4,000.
- For any amount over $1,500, the theft becomes a felony offense. There are three categories of felony grand theft: first, second and third degree.
- Starting with the least severe, a third degree grand theft charge will be pursued if the value of the stolen goods was between $1,500 and $100,000. A third degree felony comes with a possible sentence of up to 10 years in prison and / or a fine of up to $10,000.
- A second-degree grand theft allegation will be pursued if the value of the stolen good was between $100,000 and $200,000. A second-degree felony conviction will allow for the possibility to be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and / or fines of up to $10,000.
- A first degree grand theft charge will be pursued if the stolen goods were valued in excess of $200,000. A first degree felony comes with a possible sentence of 5 to 99 years in prison and / or a fine of up to $10,000.
Waco Grand Larceny Attorney
If you have been accused of grand larceny in McLennan County, you need to call an attorney experienced handling these charges. Waco criminal defense attorney Thomas C. West is a former prosecutor who used to bring grand larceny charges against Defendants. He is board certified in Criminal Law, which is a distinction held by very few criminal defense attorneys. If you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney in Waco, call Thomas West at 254-753-6437.