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Theft and white-collar crimes in Texas can range from shoplifting and theft by check to insurance fraud and money laundering. These cases often involve complicated fact patterns and result in serious criminal charges brought against business executives and professionals. If you're facing these types of charges, your future is at stake. You need an attorney immediately who can start working to minimize damage to your career and reputation.

Why MC Criminal Law?


With more than 30 years of criminal experience and 300 trials between us, Messina Madson and Kendall Castello know how to analyze and attack these kinds of criminal prosecutions. We know the issues involved as well as many of the prosecutors and judges.

As First Assistant and Administrative Chief for the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, Messina and Kendall helped build and implement the nation’s largest DA-led diversion program, which offers expunction or non-disclosure to many offenders who complete state rehabilitation requirements. We know the options available to deal with an allegation and keep it off our clients’ records.

Personal Attention

MC Criminal Law is committed to providing extensive, personalized attention. Unlike law firms that depend upon high volumes of cases, we choose to work with few clients for exceptional results.  We use our extensive experience as both prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys to zealously fight for our clients. If that sounds like what you are looking for, we are an ideal firm.

"I have never encountered lawyers that are so compassionate and kind. They are always rooting for their client's success, not only in the courtroom but in life." – Nancy



Types and Levels of Theft and White-Collar Crimes

The levels of offense assigned to theft and white-collar crimes are most often guided by the amount of the loss. So, the punishment range for theft crimes, fraud crimes, computer crimes, telecommunication crimes, money laundering, insurance fraud, and healthcare fraud are often similar based on the amount of loss. For this reason, we have grouped those items together generally under the term theft below. Robbery and burglary (of a habitation or building) are exceptions to this rule and are punished based on the characteristics of the offense and not the amount of loss.

Class C Misdemeanor – Up to $500 fine

Theft under $100

Class B Misdemeanor – Up to 180 days in jail and up to $2,000 fine

Theft $100 to $750

Class A Misdemeanor – Up to 1 year in jail and up to $4,000 fine

Burglary of a Coin Operated Machine

Burglary of a Vehicle

Theft $750 to $2,500

State Jail Felony – Up to 2 years and not less than 180 days and up to $10,000 fine

Burglary of a Building

Theft $2,500 to $30,000

Theft Enhanced by Two Previous Misdemeanor Thefts

Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

Third Degree Felony – 2 to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 fine

Theft $30,000 to $150,000

Theft of Trade Secret

Second Degree Felony – 2 to 20 years in prison and a up to $10,000 fine


Burglary of a Habitation

Theft $150,000 to $300,000

First Degree Felony – 5 years to 99 years or Life and up to $10,000 fine

Aggravated Robbery

Burglary of a Habitation with Intent to Commit a Felony

Theft $300,000 or more


When you are accused of a criminal offense, nothing speaks louder than the results an attorney earns. Here are a few examples of results we have received in recent cases:

Forgery of a Financial Instrument—Case Dismissed

Client was a female business owner accused of stealing from banks by forgery. We were able to demonstrate client’s substantial efforts toward rehabilitation and provide restitution for losses. Case was dismissed.

Felony Theft Enhanced—Case Dismissed

Female client accused of a series of retail thefts by fraud. We demonstrated the cases were not what they appeared and involved employee misconduct. Case was dismissed.

Felony Theft by Check Enhanced—Case Dismissed with Restitution

Client was a salesman whose ex-wife had emptied his account without his knowledge. He wrote multiple checks that bounced and this case ensued. Client had a record from many years before, making negotiations more difficult. Case was eventually dismissed with restitution.

Fraudulent Tampering with a Government Record—Case Dismissed

Client accused of selling car with fake title. We were able to demonstrate that client believed that the title was valid and his employers were the ones committing fraud. Case dismissed.

Unlawful Political Contribution—Case Rejected Without Indictment

Client was a high-level executive at a major local company. Client was under investigation for an unlawful political contribution. Issue centered around whether a contribution to a political committee constituted a political contribution if the funds could be shown to have eventually landed in a specific political campaign. We were able to demonstrate that the funds could not be accurately tracked and that a contribution to a political committee could not be treated as a contribution to a specific political campaign. Case was eventually rejected without indictment or presentation to a grand jury.

Unlawful Use of Motor Vehicle—Case Pled to a Misdemeanor Reduction

Client was a critical employee for an organization that trains elite fighting forces for the United States military. Prior to our involvement, client pled guilty to the felony offense of unlawful use of a motor vehicle. A felony conviction would not allow the client to continue to train military personnel because of the firearms that are used. We worked directly with the district attorney and district judge in that county to overturn the conviction with a motion for new trial. We eventually pled the case to a misdemeanor reduction, so the client could continue to do his critical training work.


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