Is Misusing a Company Credit Card Actually a Crime?

May 5th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

“Theft” is the criminal offense of appropriating property without the owner’s consent. Not all theft involves violence, mind you. Simply taking money that belongs to someone else qualifies as theft. Indeed, there are cases in Texas where individuals are charged, tried, and convicted of committing theft against their own employers based on the misuse of […]

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Theft by Fraud is Still Theft in Texas

December 4th, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Theft

Fraud is a form of theft. In effect, it is the white collar crime equivalent of robbery. And while there may be no physical violence involved, Texas law treats theft-by-fraud just as seriously. Houston Court Upholds 9-Year Sentence of Man Convicted of Obtaining Trucks via Fraudulent Loan Promises For example, if you convince someone to […]

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When Does Failing to Deliver a Product or Service Constitute Theft?

November 30th, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Theft

People often associate theft with armed robbery, such as holding up a bank at gunpoint. But many more kinds of theft fall within the category of white collar crimes. After all, fraud is a form of theft. If you accept money from someone in exchange for a service, and you intentionally fail to provide that […]

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Does a Store Cashier Commit Theft When Giving an Unauthorized Discount?

December 18th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Misdemeanor Crimes, Theft

Misdemeanor theft is often associated with shoplifting by customers. But an employee may also be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor crime if he or she gives a customer an unauthorized discount. Such an act is still considered an “unlawful appropriation” of the store owner’s property. Ex-Target Employee Sentenced to 3 Days in Jail for […]

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Am I Guilty of Theft in Texas If I Thought I Had the Owner’s Consent?

May 22nd, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

Theft is defined under Texas law as the crime of unlawfully appropriating property “with intent to deprive the owner” of said property. Put another way, theft is when you take someone else’s property without their consent. Of course, there are cases where a person mistakenly believes they had consent. If so, they can argue “mistake […]

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Burglary, Breaking and Entering & Theft? What Is the Difference?

October 3rd, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

There are many legal terms that people are familiar with even if they do not understand the exact meaning. “Burglary” and “theft” are two examples. Although you might think they are the same thing, they refer to different categories of criminal offenses, at least under Texas law. Theft Let’s start with theft. The Texas Penal Code […]

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Difference Between Theft, Robbery, Burglary in Houston

December 11th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

Theft, robbery, and burglary are all criminal offenses under Texas law that involve the intentional and wrongful taking of property that does not belong to you. However, there are substantial differences between each of these crimes. As a result, the penalties for being convicted of these crimes differ, as well. Regardless of the offense, however, […]

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