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If I move out of the country before I am charged or shortly

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If I move out of the country before I am charged or shortly after being charged with theft of service will I be legally obligated to return to the state?

Thank you for the information and your question. I am not exactly sure what you mean by obligated, but I can tell you what can happen if you do leave the country. If you are not charged yet, and the State does decide to file criminal charges because they have enough evidence, they can issue a warrant for your arrest that will remain in effect indefinitely until you are arrested or turn yourself in. Although there are some criminal charges that result in extradition from a foreign country against the will of the accused, this is not one of those kinds of charges, so the State would just keep the warrant in effect. That would also stop the tolling of the statute of limitations as long as you were out of the State, not just the country. So, theoretically, 40 years from now if you went back to Texas, they could try you for the crime.

If you have already been charged and leave the country, then the only difference is that you will have an additional charge added for fleeing the jurisdiction, or a similar charge, in addition to any theft charge. However, if you are charged and already arraigned, meaning you have entered a plea, then the State could actually try you in absentia. That is unusual, but it can happen.

So, no one can make you come back unless they come and get you but if you do leave, there will be a warrant out for your arrest until you are arrested or turn yourself in.

Let me know if you need any clarification. I would be glad to assist you further if I can.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I didn't see the option for a follow up question. I posted another question as a follow up.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Ok. If the services are under 500 dollars and I have no convicted crimes in my past. What type of charges can be brought up by the hotel?


Are they the type of charges would be filed quickly?

Hello again,

This would be a theft charge and because of the value you stated, it would be considered a Class B misdemeanor. Below I have set out the statute that states what the maximum punishment is for a Class B. It would be unusual to receive the maximum sentence and more like to be fined and put on probation.

Sec. 12.22. CLASS B MISDEMEANOR. An individual adjudged guilty of a Class B misdemeanor shall be punished by:

(1) a fine not to exceed $2,000;

(2) confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days; or

(3) both such fine and confinement.

As for how quickly. I could be anywhere from a few days to a year. Normally though, the State will decide within a few weeks of receiving the police report.