Theft may seem a rather minor crime when set alongside crimes of violence or sex crimes, yet conviction in a theft crime can have significant repercussions. For example, simply pushing a store clerk or a security guard out of the way while fleeing from a shoplifting may allow the State to file the charge as a robbery, increasing the charge from a Class B misdemeanor to a second degree felony assault.
Further, theft crimes are those classified as involving "moral turpitude" and the most important aspect of these type of cases is minimizing the long-term consequences of the charge. What this means, is that a conviction for a crime involving moral turpitude may haunt you for the rest of your life, making it more difficult to obtain employment or to take any action(s) that require a background check. Dax knows this and will work to see that your case is disposed of in a way that will not follow you by seeking a dismissal, deferred prosecution or ajudication, and advising you to obtain an Order of Non-Disclosure or Expungement, whenever eligible.
Having a lawyer to help you navigate through the process associated with your alleged theft crime can make an essential difference in the outcome of your case. Contact Dax Garvin at 512.585.7299, anytime for a FREE initial consultation.
Theft Crimes Defense
I approach theft crime defense in the same way they do other criminal defense matters: aggressively pursuing matters at the outset, gathering as much information available to me as possible, and applying my experience to each case.
Below are examples of theft-related crimes that I handle:
• Bank robbery
• Shoplifting/Theft by Check
• Identity theft
• Internet crimes
Paying Restitution Helps
In cases of robbery and other theft crimes, matters come down to money. If money or property has been stolen and there is no question of guilt, the quickest way to resolve matters is to simply return the stolen money or products. Working with the prosecution early on and negotiating for restitution will likely affect the outcome of the case.