Working toward a positive case result
Just because you face charges for a theft crime does not mean you have no hope of a successful defense. At the Law Offices of Gary Churak, P.C., you have the assistance of San Antonio theft defense attorney Gary Churak, a respected and well-known lawyer with more than 30 years of legal experience defending people charged with theft crimes.
His hands-on approach to every case and his aggressive style of litigation give him an edge in any courtroom proceeding. He pledges to represent you to the fullest extent, from the beginning of your case to the very end, with a determined and competitive spirit that encourages positive results.
Theft comprises a variety of different offenses
Each state has different definitions for theft. In Texas, courts consider theft to be when anyone “unlawfully appropriates property with intent to deprive the owner of the property.” The “intent” aspect is important, as a person who accidentally takes property belonging to someone else should not be charged with theft.
Different types of theft include auto theft, robbery or armed robbery, shoplifting, identity theft, embezzlement and burglary. To the layperson these might all sound similar, but each type of theft has its own definition and set of complications that require the assistance of a San Antonio criminal defense law firm.
For example, burglary is when a person intentionally enters or remains unlawfully in a building with the intent to commit a crime, whereas robbery is any theft involving the use of force or threatened use of force.
There are some defense tactics available to people charged with theft crimes:
- Right of ownership. It cannot be theft if you already own the property. However, if you claim right of ownership, you must be able to provide evidence that the property rightfully belongs to you.
- Entrapment. If you commit a crime because someone else induced you to do so to prosecute you, Mr. Churak argues for a case dismissal due to entrapment.
- Intoxication. In some cases, Mr. Churak can argue that your intoxication at the time of the theft rendered you unable to form the intent to steal the item in question.
Visit a San Antonio burglary lawyer for sound representation
Call the Law Offices of Gary Churak, P.C. today at (210) 545-3850 or contact the firm online to arrange a free consultation. The firm’s phone lines are open 24/7 for your convenience, with any calls coming in after hours or on weekends directed instantly to Mr. Churak’s personal line.