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Shoplifting Charges in Texas

By Law Office of Steven Rocket Rosen  Jul. 8, 2013 11:17a

Shoplifting is one of the most common criminal offenses that are heard in Texas courts. This crime is also known as retail theft. It involves stealing items from a retail store with the intention of not paying for them. This can be accomplished by attempting to hide the item on one's body or in purses, bags, backpacks, or other places, by switching a lower price tag onto the item, or even with the help of a store employee who is a friend who misidentifies the item at a lower price. Such crimes are punished in Texas according to the value of the stolen item. Obviously, the more valuable the item is the more seriously it will be penalized. Shoplifting may be punished by fines, jail time, community service, and probation. Those who are convicted will have another negative consequence which may make it difficult to secure future employment: a criminal record.

Shoplifting an item less than $50 is charged as a Class C misdemeanor. Shoplifting items valued between $50 and $500 is charged as a Class B misdemeanor, items valued between $500 and $1500 is charged as a Class A misdemeanor, items valued between $1500 and $20,000 is charged as a state jail felony, and items valued above this are charged as felonies. Those who have previous convictions may face enhanced charges. Also, some items are always charged as felonies, despite their value, such as firearms. In Texas, those charged with shoplifting may also be subject to civil charges brought against them by a retailer. These charges may result in the need to pay damages up to $1,000, court costs, and attorney fees. The parents of a minor who is charged with shoplifting may be subject to civil damages up to $5,000.

Criminal Defense Attorney Serving Fort Bend and Houston, Texas

Because of the adverse consequences of a permanent criminal record, those faced with shoplifting or other types of theft are best served by retaining a qualified criminal defense attorney. The Law Office of Steven Rocket Rosen offers highly qualified legal representation. Mr. Rosen has been practicing criminal defense for more than 30 years in the greater Houston area. He is a former prosecutor which means he thoroughly understands both sides of criminal law and how best to counteract the state's case against you. Furthermore, he is a Texas Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist. This accomplishment is attained by only 10 percent of all the lawyers in the state. It involves meeting the technical and professional requirements set forth by the Texas Bar.

If you are looking for truly professional and outstanding legal help, look no further than this firm. Mr. Rosen represents those accused of both state and federal crimes, ranging from assault to murder. He has defended more than 10 capital murder cases. Contact his firm to discuss your case in a free consultation immediately following any arrest or if you are subject to a criminal investigation.

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