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Theft of Services Law

What is Theft of Services?

Theft of services is the officially authorized name for a offense which is committed when someone gains access to services as opposed to goods, by dishonesty, force, intimidation or other unlawful means without legally compensating the provider of the service. There might also be some overlapping with some types of fraud in which payment is made on credit, but under an assumed name, and eventually is disallowed (“Identity theft”). The most common service stolen is when a person uses someone else’s Wi-Fi without asking.

If someone had a ticket for an open container at 18 years old, and did not have their ID so they were taken to the police station for fingerprint; Now they are 31 with a job showing background FBI check as Theft of service with the only fingerprint date they have ever had. Is open container theft of service?

If an individual was to have, an open container it is not considered theft of service. It most likely is a clerical error when entering the offense into the computer system. The best way to clear this up would be to purchase a copy of your criminal history from the New York courts for $65. The history would give you the information as to which court would need to make the change. It’s is explained here: http://www.nycourts.gov/apps/chrs/.

If someone was arrested for "theft of service from 20-500" for Time Warner, will this show up in an employment background check?

An arrest and charge will appear on a criminal background check, however no conviction will show if there the individual was not convicted. If the employer does a simple background check, only convictions appear, the current case would not come up.

What is the charge for not paying cab fare? Is it considered theft of services?

If someone did not pay a taxi driver yes, that will be theft of services. On the other hand, it does not matter what theft statute it is charged in it can be alleged in more than a few diverse ones, in the individual’s circumstances the punishments will all be alike. The grade of the crime is reliant on the value of the property that was stolen.

If someone was arrested for suspicion of Theft of services, and they was released on bond and now the accuser is dropping all charges. What happens next?

In this situation, it would be known as an "expungement." The individual could go to this link for total information: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/administration/crime_records/pages/juvenilecriminalhistoryrecords.htm

What is the statute of limitations for felony theft of services in Jefferson County, Texas? What marks the beginning and ending of that period?

The statute of limitations would be five years from the final time of services that was acquired.

Can someone call the sheriff's department and make a theft of services report if a customer leaves without paying their slip rental fees at our marina?

When an individual fails to compensate the slip rental that would constitutes a breach of their contract renting the slip, not a theft. It would be appropriate to file a civil suit against the party for breach of contract for violating the signed agreement. This would give the individual the opportunity to recoup any damages.

Is a Dentist allowed to file theft of service for an unpaid balance?

Generally, it will be extremely hard to carry on an act for theft of services towards a patient by a dentist. There is an intention factor to the crime, which will be very hard to provide evidence for, in a doctor and patient relationship. In addition, there is a "Fraud" factor to the crime, which is more than simply a nonpayer and a creditor circumstance where the client is trying to keep from paying their bill.

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