A person commits a theft if he/she unlawfully appropriates property with intent to deprive the owner of property. Usually the appropriation is unlawful because the person does not have the owners consent to take it. This is the simplest definition of theft as found in the Texas Penal Code. Shoplifting, robbery, burglary, and credit card abuse are all considered theft.  If you have been accused of or charged with theft, it is crucial that you speak with a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible to ensure a vigorous defense.


Robbery is simply a theft with the added element of bodily harm or fear. It is a second-degree felony. In order to be convicted of robbery, the prosecution must show beyond a reasonable doubt that during the course of theft, the defendant had the intent to obtain or maintain control of property; he intentionally, knowingly or recklessly caused bodily injury to another; or intentionally or knowingly threatened the other with imminent bodily harm.


Aggravated robbery, which is a first-degree felony, is committed if, in the course of a robbery, the offender causes serious bodily harm to the victim; uses or exhibits a weapon; or causes harm or threatens harm to a person who is over age 65 or disabled.


Burglary is the entrance into a building, or remaining concealed, with the intent to commit a felony, theft or assault. Burglary is considered a state jail felony; where as burglary of habitation is considered a second-degree felony.