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Does a Theft Charge Stay on My Record?

After being charged with theft, you will likely be wondering, “how long will this be on my record?” “Will this affect my ability to get a job?” Not knowing how long a charge will affect you is very troubling. However, depending on what you were charged with and what your previous record looks like, you may be able to get it completely expunged. What Kind of Theft Charge Are You Facing? Burglary charges: If there is proof that you trespassed on another person’s property or vehicle without permission with the intent of carrying out a theft, assault, or another type of felony-level crime, this may result in a burglary charge. You can be charged with burglary whether you follow through on the criminal act or not. Robbery and burglary charges are always prosecuted as felonies, regardless of the stolen item value. Misdemeanor theft or petty theft: A class A misdemeanor theft…
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What Should You Do If Being Falsely Accused of a Crime?

Many people are falsely accused of crimes, and even in the case that a crime is exonerated, that accusation can have damaging effects on that person’s image and psychological health. Texas has one of the highest rates of false charges in the country. In 2016, The National Registry of Exonerations found that Texas led all states by a wide margin with 58 criminal exonerations, followed by Illinois with 16. Of the 166 exonerations total in the US, 52 of them were for murder. Steps to Take When Falsely Accused Maintain your innocence: Law enforcement may engage in tactics to get you to admit to a crime you did not commit. Maintain a consistent stance of innocence throughout the investigation process to strengthen your defense. You have the right to not respond to questions that have the potential to falsely incriminate you. Refuse warrantless searches: If an officer wants to search…
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Can You Avoid Deportation Following a Felony Charge?

Facing a criminal charge as an immigrant who hasn’t received citizenship can be a very scary process, especially given the recent crackdowns in immigration control across the country. Many offenses, like aggravated felonies will likely always be deportable, but you may be able to make a plea bargain or negotiate with the courts to see if a different decision can be reached. Certain misdemeanors and nonviolent crimes are still considered aggravated felonies in some cases. What Charges are Cause for Deportation? Aggravated felonies: This includes rape, murder, sexual abuse of a minor, drug trafficking, firearm trafficking, money laundering over $10,000, theft, and many more. Moral turpitude: Crimes including fraud, larceny, and intent to harm others are considered crimes of moral turpitude. An example would be an aggravated DUI. Moral turpitude crimes are hard to define by law, and a criminal defense lawyer can help you figure out if your crime…
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