Attorney David Reyna


Theft is the act of illegally taking another person’s property without their consent or knowledge or by force or fear. The Texas Penal Code has severe penalties for those individuals convicted of any theft or robbery crimes. These penalties may include jail time, prison time, and probation which may also include restitution paid to the victim. In the state of Texas, there are three major types of theft crimes that one can be charged with: Shoplifting, Robbery, and Burglary.


Robbery is the crime of taking something directly from a person while it is in their possession, usually accompanied by force or fear. Robbery is a second degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison as well as potential fines. If a weapon is used or if anyone is injured, the robbery becomes an “aggravated robbery” and is a first degree felony which can mean a maximum of a life sentence.

Robbery suspects and defendants should question anyone who tells someone accused of robbery that “it’s no big deal” or “not to worry.” It is a big deal and there are many reasons to worry. David Reyna is an experienced criminal defense attorney who will vigorously defend your rights. As a former assistant District Attorney, David has the skill to tactfully negotiate with the prosecution.


Burglary is the breaking or entering of a building with the intent to commit a felony, theft or assault. Burglary of a structure that is not inhabited by people is considered a state jail felony and can carry penalties of up to two years in the state jail along with fines. Burglary of an inhabited building is usually considered a second degree felony and can be punishable by not only heavy fines but up to 20 years in prison. However, if the building is a habitation and the intended, attempted, or committed act is a felony other than theft, it is a first degree felony and the range of punishment is up to 99 years or life in prison and heavy fines.


Shoplifting is a lesser offense theft crime but still can be punishable by jail time and fines. These offenses range from felony to misdemeanors and carry varying degrees of penalties depending on the value of merchandise stolen. David understands that many innocent people are accused of shoplifting due to misidentification, a misunderstanding or forgetfulness. Also, many times the value and aggregation of the amounts involved are exaggerated, and restitution requirements inflated. David has the experience to recognize these issues. Shoplifting/theft in Texas is considered a crime of moral turpitude, and it can follow you for the rest of your life.

Contact Defense Attorney David Reyna as Soon as Possible to Protect Your Rights

While all these crimes hold serious penalties, they all could potentially be elevated to a major offense if a deadly weapon was used in the course of the theft or if a victim sustained serious bodily injury or death. The moment you are arrested you need to contact attorney David Reyna. David believes in your constitutional rights, and he will devote his personal attention to help you through a difficult ordeal. David is committed to telling the client’s side of the story and ensuring that their rights and freedoms are protected.

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