Shoplifting Charges in Texas
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Shoplifting is one of the most commonly occurring theft crimes in our community and while many think of the crime as a “minor” offense, Texas takes theft crimes very seriously. As a result, the state has instituted strict anti-theft laws around shoplifting, levying sever punishments on those who are convicted.
The attorney at J. Roland Jeter, P.C. understands that these penalties that could leave a lasting effect on your life. If you have been accused of shoplifting, it is strongly advised that you seek out a knowledgeable legal advocate who can defend you against your charges and ensure the best possible outcome on your behalf.
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The penalties for shoplifting are determined by the value of the item or items illegally taken from a retailer. In most cases, shoplifting is considered a misdemeanor charge, however extreme cases where the value of the merchandise stolen is high can be upgraded to a state felony charge. You can also be found guilty of shoplifting if you change the price tag of something to a lower price before paying for it.
Texas State Law breaks down shoplifting penalties as such:
- If the value of the merchandise stolen is less than $50, the offense is considered a Class C misdemeanor and you will face a fine of $500.
- If the value of the merchandise stolen is between $50 and $499, the offense is considered a Class B misdemeanor and the penalties include 180 days in jail and $2,000 in fines.
- If the value of the merchandise stolen is between $500 and $1,499, the offense is considered a Class A misdemeanor and the penalties include 1 year in jail and $4,000 in fines.
- If the value of the merchandise stolen is between $1,500 and $19,999, the offense is considered a felony and the penalties include 2 years in jail and $10,000 in fines.
If you are considering stealing something from a store, the best advice we can give is simple: don’t do it. But if you find yourself facing shoplifting charges, the award-winning Irving criminal defense lawyer at J. Roland Jeter, P.C., Attorney Jeter has been given the AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® and has practiced law in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area for 40 years. As a lifelong resident of Irving, Attorney Jeter is intimately familiar with the laws and codes of the area, giving him a unique edge in creating hard-hitting and successful legal strategies for his clients.
If you’re facing charges of shoplifting or any other theft crimes, get a well-orchestrated defense on your side today. Contact J. Roland Peter, P.C. today and get a case evaluation.