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How to Fight a Shoplifting Charge in Texas

All theft convictions should be avoided at all costs—even those that are often considered minor, such as shoplifting.

Potential employers absolutely hate to see a theft charge on an applicant’s criminal record because that person could present a liability for the company. Employers won’t usually even take the risk. They’ll simply move on to the next candidate.

Yes, even a “minor” theft charge can have a major impact on your life. You need to learn how to fight a shoplifting charge in Texas so you can avoid the consequences.

Penalties Are Based on the Value of the Item Taken

Texas theft laws are distinct in that they don’t separate theft into different classifications. The seriousness of the charges is based on the value of the item(s) taken—not so much the circumstances surrounding the offense. This is not necessarily a good thing.

Many states treat shoplifting as a lesser offense than stealing from an individual, embezzlement, etc. The crime that goes on your record in Texas won’t be “shoplifting.” It will be “theft.” Below is a table of the maximum legal punishments you’ll be facing if convicted of a minor theft charge in Texas:

Theft Offense Based on Item ValueMaximum Penalties
Theft of item valued at less than $20

Class C misdemeanor

$500 fine
Theft of item valued between $20 and $500

Class B misdemeanor

Up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine
Theft of item valued between $500 and $1,500

Class A misdemeanor

Up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine
Theft of item valued between $1,500 and $20,000

State jail felony

Between 180 days and two years in state jail and a $10,000 fine

 

Tips to Help You Avoid a Shoplifting Conviction in Texas

Some tips that can help you keep a theft conviction from ruining your life are below:

  • Don’t talk to the police without an attorney present.
  • Hire an attorney who can help you fight a shoplifting charge using one of the following defenses:
    • Mistake of fact
    • The property in question was yours
    • Intoxication defense
    • Mistaken identity
    • Entrapment
    • Miscalculation of the value of the item taken
    • Illegal search and seizure
    • Lack of intent

Speak with a Fort Worth Criminal Defense Lawyer

Having an idea of how to fight a shoplifting charge in Texas can give you a great start if you’ve been arrested. Your next step is to call a criminal defense attorney to continue your fight so you don’t risk a conviction ruining your life. Once a theft conviction places a mark on your criminal record, it’s next to impossible to get it removed.

Contact a defense attorney from the Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy. We will fight your charge by formulating a strong defense for your unique circumstances. To speak with an attorney, call our office at 817-605-1010 or complete the form below.

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