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Petty Theft

Every state has different laws regarding the handling of petty theft, but almost all of them consider the theft of even minor items to be a crime punishable by law. Some individuals are unaware that stealing items that have little monetary value is still a serious crime and can have an effect on a person’s criminal record.

Although petty theft often involves small or inexpensive items (often totaling less than $500), the punishment often involves paying restitution to the victim, attending correctional counseling, and living with a blemish on one’s criminal record. If you or a loved one has been accused of petty theft and would like begin building a legal defense, call Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 today.

Petty Theft Examples

Although many items can be considered in petty theft cases, the following are some examples of common items involved:

  • Shoplifting of any item under $500
  • Bikes
  • Sporting goods
  • Games and gaming systems
  • Items taken from public property
  • Items stolen from friends and family

Petty theft is often charged when an individual steals items from a residence or other place where he or she has a lawful right to be. If he or she does not have a lawful right to be on the property, the crime is usually considered to be burglary.

Contact an Austin Criminal Defense Attorney

Criminal charges of any kind can cause great strife for individuals and their families. If you have been accused of theft, contact Austin criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 to formulate your defense.


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