You Don’t Have to Be a Russian Spy to Steal Trade Secrets

Houston Theft Defense

NTL-top-100-member2Theft of Trade Secrets is a serious felony offense in Texas.  If convicted as an adult, the range of punishment is from two to ten years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.   If you are not familiar with Texas Penal Code covering Theft of Trade Secrets, it is printed below.  If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, contact experienced Houston criminal defense lawyer James Sullivan at 281-546-6428 for a confidential consultation.

James (Jim) Sullivan is an experienced Houston Criminal Defense Attorney. For over 20 years, Sullivan has successfully fought the government in Jury Trials on behalf of clients in criminal and juvenile courts.

James Sullivan attended the Trial Lawyers College founded by Legendary lawyer Gerry Spence and was invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization. Sullivan has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout Texas.


James Sullivan has a good reputation in the legal community.  Sullivan is humbled by fine lawyers who endorse him on AVVO. He is also very grateful for clients who write testimonials on his behalf. Most of his business comes from referrals from past clients and other lawyers, although it is not necessary to have a referral for him to defend you.  Anyone can call James Sullivan to represent them.

Texas Penal Code, Sec. 31.05.  THEFT OF TRADE SECRETS.

(a)  For purposes of this section:

(1)  “Article” means any object, material, device, or substance or any copy thereof, including a writing, recording, drawing, sample, specimen, prototype, model, photograph, microorganism, blueprint, or map.

(2)  “Copy” means a facsimile, replica, photograph, or other reproduction of an article or a note, drawing, or sketch made of or from an article.

(3)  “Representing” means describing, depicting, containing, constituting, reflecting, or recording.

(4)  “Trade secret” means the whole or any part of any scientific or technical information, design, process, procedure, formula, or improvement that has value and that the owner has taken measures to prevent from becoming available to persons other than those selected by the owner to have access for limited purposes.

(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.

(c)  An offense under this section is a felony of the third degree.


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