The Theft of Trade Secrets crime in the state of Texas gives police the right to arrest you if they believe you stole a trade secret, communicated someone else’s trade secret, or copy an article representing a trade secret that does not belong to you without the owner’s consent. Learn more detailed information about the Theft of Trade Secrets offense below.
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Theft of Trade Secrets is classified in the Texas Penal Code under Title 7 “Offense Against Property,” Chapter 31 “Theft.”
The offense is described in Section 31.05 of the Texas Penal Code.
(b) A person commits an offense if, without the owner’s effective consent, he knowingly:
(1) steals a trade secret;
(2) makes a copy of an article representing a trade secret; or
(3) communicates or transmits a trade secret.
You can be charged with Theft of Trade Secrets if the state’s attorneys believe that each of the elements of 31.05(b) as described in the section above have been met.
A conviction for Theft of Trade Secrets is punished as a Felony of the Third Degree,1 with a maximum possible fine under Texas state law of up to $10,000 and prison time of up to 10 years. Learn about the differences between grades of felonies and misdemeanors
1Texas Penal Code Section 31.05(c)