Why a Theft Charge is Bad News

Criminal Defense Lawyer | DWI, Drug, Theft & Assault Charges

By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal

(972) 369-0577

Theft is regarded in Texas as a “crime of moral turpitude” unlike driving while intoxicated or drug possession.

Crimes of moral turpitude have far-reaching collateral consequences that can almost be incalculable ranging from denial of professional licensing, to federal immigration consequences, to being impeached in future legal proceedings.

Theft is beatable in court.  There are also ways of getting the theft charge off your record through probation programs by agreement.

There is no one comprehensive list of crimes of moral turpitude and there is no universally agreed upon definition, but theft has been held to be one and is squarely within what courts have defined to be crimes of moral turpitude in the past.  Milligan v. State, 554 S.W.2d 192 (Tex.Crim.App. 1977).

What this means is that EVERY theft case is a big deal regardless of…

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