The Texas theft statutes specify several types of theft, each
with its own definition and punishment range. "Theft by appropriation"
encompasses ordinary theft offenses such as shoplifting, in which
personal property is stolen. "Theft of service" involves
securing a service with no intent to make payment, or holding
a rental item beyond the agreed rental period. "Theft by
check" involves purchasing goods or services by passing a
check with knowledge that the bank account is closed or has insufficient
funds. Since theft is a crime of moral turpitude, it is important
to try to avoid a conviction for theft.
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