Dallas Theft and Property Crime Lawyers
Many people plead guilty to property crimes, such as shoplifting and theft, not knowing what the long-term impact of that decision will be. At the law office of Peter Barrett in Dallas, Texas, we offer a free attorney consultation to explain how a guilty plea can affect you in years to come.
Even though you may avoid jail time by pleading guilty, the long-term consequences can be far more serious. A conviction on a misdemeanor or felony theft charge will result in a permanent criminal record that will be visible to employers, landlords and others who conduct background checks. Since theft is viewed as a “crime of moral turpitude,” the result of a background check can result in you being turned down for a job or an apartment. It could also result in you paying higher insurance rates or not being admitted to the college of your choice.
Our lawyers will create an aggressive defense to try and keep you from getting a conviction that will harm you in the future. We represent clients charged with all types of property crimes, including:
- Employee theft
- Burglary of a motor vehicle
- Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle (UMV) or joyriding
- Vandalism and reckless damage to property
- Burglary, which is breaking and entering into someone’s home with the intent to commit a crime
If you are a first-time offender, Texas offers deferred adjudication for many theft crimes. If you successfully complete this program, the charges will be dismissed. Following the dismissal, our lawyers can seek nondisclosure to seal your criminal record.
Free attorney consultation: To discuss your federal or white collar crime case with a Dallas criminal defense lawyer, call 214.526.0555, available 24 hours a day, seven days, a week or fill out our simple contact form.
The Law Office of Peter Barrett represents clients in Dallas, Fort Worth, Highland Park, Allen, Frisco, Plano, Richardson, Garland, Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Irving, Addison, Grapevine, Arlington, Mesquite, Dallas County, Collin County, Denton County, Tarrant County; and the regions of north Texas, DFW and Park Cities.