Property offenses

Mark Stevens – San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyer

  There are many so-called "property" crimes in Texas, including theft, burglary, arson, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, and misapplication of fiduciary property.  The severity of these crimes often depends on the value of the property involved.  Some property crimes, such as theft, are called "crimes of moral turpitude."  Conviction for a crime of moral turpitude, even for something as seemingly trivial as petty shoplifting or writing a bad check, can be severely and permanently damaging, not only to your criminal record, but also to your reputation.   Convictions can sometimes be avoided in property cases by something as simple as making monetary restitution.  Always consult with a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer when you or a loved one is charged with a property crime, even if it seems minor.  Mark Stevens has represented many persons charged with property crimes of all sorts.  Call us if you think we can help.


State v. A.K. (Medina County theft indictment dismissed by prosecutor)

State v. W.C. (Wilson County indictment for misapplication of fiduciary funds dismissed after restitution)

State v. G.G. (theft and misapplication charges dismissed by court because of defect in indictment)

Successful Trials

U.S. v. D.R. (Federal jury found defendant not guilty of stealing and conspiring to steal Southwest Airline tickets)

State v. J.Y. (Dimmit County jury found defendant not guilty of burglary of a vehicle)

State v. R.H. (jury found defendant not guilty of burglary of a habitation)

State v. A.E. (jury found defendant not guilty of burglary of a habitation)

State v. W.V. (jury found defendant not guilty of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit theft)

Successful Appeals

Crawford v. State, 741 S.W. 2d 452 (Tex. Crim. App. 1987)(delay in appointing counsel until after time to designate record denied defendant effective assistance of trial counsel)

DeVaughn v. State, 749 S.W. 2d 62 (Tex. Crim. App. 1988)(burglary indictment dismissed because of pleading defect)

Allen v. State, 686 S.W. 2d 685 (Tex. App.- San Antonio 1985, no pet.)(theft conviction reversed because of insufficient evidence)