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Fight Shoplifting Charges With a Defense Attorney in Texas

Shoplifting doesn’t just involve taking merchandise out of a store without paying. In Texas, you can also be charged with shoplifting if you swap an item’s price tag with another or return a previously stolen item for other goods or money.

Facing a shoplifting charge can be embarrassing. You may feel humiliated and worry others are judging you. You may also be angry, because many shops fight shoplifting so aggressively that innocent people get falsely accused. Whatever you feel, you likely need to consult with a Georgetown or San Antonio, Texas, shoplifting attorney to understand the case against you.

Lawyers like the ones at Morales & Sparks, P.L.L.C., can assist you. We have helped many clients successfully avoid convictions for shoplifting and can offer you the benefit of our experience. We understand the best strategies to use to fight shoplifting charges. We can also offer a sympathetic ear. You are undoubtedly frustrated and worn out over this ordeal, and having someone listen to your side without judgment can help get you ready for your fight.

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What Constitutes Shoplifting in Texas?

Stealing goods either directly or indirectly, as in the examples cited above, can be grounds for a shoplifting charge. Shoplifting can be a misdemeanor or felony in Texas. The classification depends on the value of the items stolen, as well as:

  • Prior convictions for the same offense
  • Whether the crime was committed using debit or credit card fraud

If the total value of items is less than $1,500, then it qualifies as a misdemeanor. If it’s more than $1,500 and the defendant has prior convictions or committed fraud, then it may be a felony.

What Penalties Do I Face for Shoplifting in Texas?

Punishment for shoplifting depends on whether you are convicted of a felony or misdemeanor. Misdemeanor charges max out at a fine of $4,000 and a year in jail, though you could also face a minimum penalty of a $500 fine.

If you are convicted of a state jail felony for shoplifting, you will face a fine of up to $10,000 and up to two years in jail. A first-degree felony, the most serious offense, carries a punishment of up to 99 years in prison.

How Will a Shoplifting Conviction Impact My Life?

Being convicted of any crime can cause unwanted consequences in your personal life. You may be turned down for federal aid or scholarships, depending on their requirements. Some employers in Georgetown, San Antonio and other areas of the state will not hire you if such a conviction turns up on a background check.

Why Should I Hire Shoplifting Defense Lawyers?

An attorney can help you fight to clear your name or secure a favorable plea bargain. They can poke holes in the prosecution’s case by listening to your story and examining the alleged evidence against you. Often, we find there’s not enough to prove our clients did anything wrong.

We can help protect your legal rights and give you the representation you deserve. Worried about a language barrier? We have people at our law firm who speak fluent Spanish. We look forward to talking to you about your case. Contact us today to set up a consultation.

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