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Q: I want to know how long can a company hold something of yours before it's considered theft?

I landed a drone in nrg parking lot when they were closed. The drone messed up and did an emergency landing. They took my drone and told me they wanted to check the footage then they would return my drone the next day. The next day which was september 16 they kept give me the run around. I found out eventually that xxx has it and just keeps telling me they will call me when they can release it.

1 Lawyer Answer
Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Austin, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Unfortunately, it might not ever be released if it is evidence against you. You may have both civil and criminal liability for the use of the drone, and it is a more serious crime if the facility is classified as critical infrastructure. Your best bet is probably to convince Joe Walters that you meant no harm and let him keep the memory stick. Threatening him could backfire.

Laws specific to drones are in chapter 423 of the government code. Hopefully, there is something that applies to your situation in the section titled "Nonapplicability."

You can read the law here: https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/GV/htm/GV.423.htm

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