Here's the section of the Texas Penal Code that applies to Burglary of Habitation
. As you can see, if theft
was the motive and the only felony committed in the habitation, it's a felony of the second degree
. A felony of the second degree in Texas can be anywhere from 2 to 20 years of prison. Because she left the state, Texas would consider her a fugitive from justice
and bail is apt to be very high.
Nevertheless, a lot can happen in eight years. People move on with their lives, relocate, lose interest in their cases, lose contact with authorities. Cops quit, retire, etc. There might be proof problems here that could make for a dismissal or a very good deal for your mother. It's hard to say. The DA probably hasn't even had a chance to get the old file from archives and try to reach out to locate its witnesses.
Your mother will need a lawyer, of course. If she can't afford one, she can plead not guilty at her arraignment when she appears before the judge and ask the court
for a public defense lawyer.