Respected San Antonio Attorney Defends Texans Accused of Theft
Effective South Texas theft lawyer represents clients charged with larceny, burglary or robbery
Texas recognizes several types of theft charges, with varying degrees of severity. If you have been charged with any of them, you should take it seriously. At my San Antonio firm, Kevin L. Collins, P.C., I draw on more than 27 years of experience as both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney in providing Texans with a targeted defense to theft allegations. As a board-certified criminal law attorney by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, I am ready and able to provide a vigorous defense to larceny, burglary or robbery charges.
Why you need competent counsel when you are charged with theft
Simple theft, also known as larceny, is the taking of someone else’s property without the right to do so with the intention of permanently depriving the owner of that property. Simple theft may involve:
- Taking money or property without permission when the owner is absent or not looking
- Shoplifting in a store
- Persuading someone to give you their money or property under false pretenses
The punishment for theft largely depends on the amount of money or value of property stolen. A first-time offender who steals less than $50 faces a fine of up to $500; one who steals money or property worth between $50 and $499 may face up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000. A second offense, however, may subject the defendant to some jail time and a higher fine than that imposed for the first conviction. The theft of larger amounts of money or property and any value of firearms or livestock will be treated as a felony and will require imprisonment, possibly for years, and a $10,000 fine. If you face a larceny charge, I will provide skilled representation that upholds your rights.
Defending clients accused of burglary
Burglary is the unlawful entry of a home or other public or private building with the intention of committing a theft, assault or felony inside. But burglary is also charged when someone invades an occupied dwelling for the purpose of raping, assaulting or robbing the inhabitants or when someone breaks into a vehicle to steal or strip it. You also commit a burglary if you enter a building legally but remain there longer than permitted, such as by hiding in a department store after hours. The penalties for burglary depend on what is being burglarized and why:
- A vehicle not used as a dwelling — Up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4,000
- A building not used as a dwelling — 180 days to two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000
- A dwelling —Between two and 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if the purpose was theft or assault, and five to 99 years if the intent was committing another felony
You can count on me to provide a targeted defense if you are charged with burglary.
Robbery charges mean serious jail time upon conviction
Robbery occurs when someone committing theft intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes or threatens bodily injury. Aggravated robbery occurs when the defendant uses or displays a deadly weapon or the victim is elderly or disabled. Simple robbery is punishable by two to 20 years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000; aggravated robbery by five to 99 years in prison and/or a similar fine. If you are charged with robbery or aggravated robbery, you can rely on me to thoroughly investigate the facts of your case and provide you with a vigorous defense.
Contact a San Antonio theft defense attorney
Whether you are charged with larceny, burglary, robbery, aggravated robbery or any other type of theft, reach out to Kevin L. Collins, P.C. in San Antonio, Texas by contacting me online or by calling 210-598-8629.