Shoplifting Laws in Texas

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Shoplifting is one type of theft crime in Texas and involves taking property unlawfully with the intention of depriving the owner of that property permanently. This offense can result in fines and jail time if convicted. Shoplifting may not only lead to criminal penalties; merchants can sue the defendant to recover damages for the theft. This means that you may have to appear in civil court and be facing further consequences. While many only picture walking out of a store with merchandise and not paying as shoplifting, there are other acts that are considered shoplifting. Examples of this type of theft include:

  • Taking store items without paying
  • Changing the price tag on an item in order to pay a price below the retail price
  • Writing a bad check for an item

What are the penalties for shoplifting in Texas?

Theft can result in harsh penalties in Texas. The exact consequences vary by the value of the goods stolen, prior criminal history and if the merchant sues for damages. The charges can range from a Class C misdemeanor to a First Degree Felony. A Class C Misdemeanor is the lowest level shoplifting offense and can be charged for theft of property valued at less than $50. This offense could result in a fine of up to $500. The most serious theft penalty would be a First Degree Felony that follows theft of property valued above $200,000. This offense has potential for life in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Need an attorney for a shoplifting case in Williamson County?

Shoplifting is not taken lightly in Texas and you are at risk of significant jail time and fines. For assistance in building your theft crime defense, contact a theft attorney from R. Scott Magee, Attorney at Law. We offer a free consultation and could help you avoid conviction and harsh penalties. Contact us now to get started!