Theft of Services

Although most people are aware that the taking of someone else’s property is considered theft, many people do not know that illegally receiving services constitutes a crime as well. If a person accepts services and refuses to pay, ignores payment, or pays with illegal tender, he or she may be convicted of theft of services.

Theft of services charges usually require that the individual knowingly diverts or refuses to pay for services rendered after the vendor submits a notice requesting payment. If you or someone you know has been accused of theft of services, consult Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950.

Theft of Services Penalties

In Texas, the penalties for theft of services typically depend on the monetary value of the services provided. They may include:

  • Class C misdemeanor if the services rendered are worth less than $20
  • Class B misdemeanor if the services rendered are worth no more than $500 but more than $20
  • Class A misdemeanor if the services rendered are worth less than $1,000
  • Felony including state jail if the services are valued at more than $1,000 but less than $20,000
  • 3rd degree felony if the services are worth more than $20,000 but less than $100,000
  • 2nd degree felony if the services are worth less than $200,000
  • 1st degree felony if the services rendered are worth $200,000 or more

Theft of services penalties may have minor legal ramifications or may have very serious implications, depending on the severity of the offense.

Contact an Austin Criminal Defense Attorney

If you stand accused of theft of services, contact Austin criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 to discuss your legal options.


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