Recent Case Win-Reduction Granted on Theft Case by Bo Kalabus

By Bo Kalabus

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The client was arrested for the offense of theft. Unfortunately, this was his second theft offense in a very short period of time. The charge, based on the facts of the case, was a Class B misdemeanor–punishable up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. The State of Texas believed it had a relatively easy case to prove and based on the facts it did.

I went to work on the case to develop some helpful legal points and my client went to work as well by going to counseling and completing other conditions that would show a change in life choices. After a few months we were able to gain leverage in negotiations due to this good work and prosecutor agreed to reduce the Class B misdemeanor charge to a Class C misdemeanor theft charge. Also, my client received deferred adjudication on this charge as part of the negotiation, which will be very important down the road when it comes time for him to clean up his criminal record. This reduction of the offense made it the equivalent of a traffic ticket–a Class C misdemeanor is punishable by up to a $500 fine and no jail time.

Following a 6-month non-reporting probation period (basically just keep your nose clean during the probation period) and a waiting period, my client will be able to get the charge off his record because of the deferred disposition of the case. This is why the reduction to the Class C level offense is so important–you can remove a Class C deferred off your record, but you can’t remove a Class B misdemeanor deferred from your record completely, so this reduction was a huge relief for my client.

So what began for my client as a serious case with serious consequences ended up as something he can expunge off his record–as if the arrest never occurred. As you can expect, my client was relieved and very happy with the result.

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