By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal
For the first time in 22 years, the Texas Legislature has adjusted the threshold values for theft cases to adjust for inflation. Theft is a result-oriented offense and the value of the property stolen typically dictates the punishment level. As of September 1, 2015, the amounts correlating to specific charges are as follows:
- Less than $100 is a Class C misdemeanor (formerly less than $50).
- $100 but less than $750 is a Class B misdemeanor (formerly between $50 and $500).
- $750 but less than $2,500 is a Class A misdemeanor (formerly between $500 and $1,500).
- $2,500 but less than $30,000 is a State Jail Felony (formerly between $1,500 and $20,000).
- $30,000 but less than $150,000 is a 3rd Degree Felony (formerly $20,000 to $100,000)
- $150,000 but less than $300,000 is a 2nd Degree Felony (formerly $200,000 to $300,000).
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