College Station Shoplifting Defense
Getting caught shoplifting is not only an embarrassing experience, it can have significant consequences. The laws of many states issue hefty fines and even jail time for certain shoplifting offenses. Texas law is no exception. My Firm provides representation to clients throughout Bryan-College Station and surrounding areas who have been accused of shoplifting. Shoplifting charges can affect your future and land you in jail. We’ll work hard to help you avoid conviction, a criminal record, and to keep your freedom. Call today to speak with an experienced College Station shoplifting attorney to learn about your options for responding to charges. We can answer important questions you may have including:
- What happens if I’m convicted of shoplifting in Bryan-College Station?
- How can I defend myself from Texas shoplifting charges?
- How can a shoplifting defense lawyer help me?
In Texas, shoplifting offenses fall under the general definition of “theft” in the Texas Penal Code. In addition, shielding or deactivating instruments used to prevent shoplifting are also expressly prohibited under state law. The nature of a shoplifting charge and the associated penalty will depend on a couple of factors, including the value of the property stolen, and whether you have previously been convicted of any type of theft. Finally, a defendant does not have to be successful at stealing items to be charged with shoplifting. Concealing items to carry them away or making an attempt to take items from the store can result in conviction. If convicted, the consequences are going to vary depending upon the dollar value of the goods allegedly taken.
What Happens if I am Convicted of Shoplifting in Texas?
The penalties for shoplifting include the following ranges of punishment:
- Class C misdemeanor – fine of up to $500.
- Class B misdemeanor – fine of up to $2,000 and up to 180 days in jail.
- Class A misdemeanor – fine of up to $4,000 and up to one year in jail.
- State jail felony – fine of up to $10,000 and between 180 days and two years in jail.
- Third degree felony – fine of up to $10,000 and between 2 and 10 years’ imprisonment.
- Second degree felony – fine of up to $10,000 and between 2 and 20 years’ imprisonment.
- First degree felony – fine of up to $10,000 and between 5 and 99 years’ imprisonment.
How Can I Defend Myself from Shoplifting Charges?
There are a number of possible defenses you can pursue if you’re accused of shoplifting in Texas. A criminal defense lawyer in Bryan-College Station with experience handling shoplifting cases can help you to decide on the best strategic approach. For instance, you could try to have evidence suppressed by arguing you were searched illegally, or could try to make it impossible for the prosecutor to prove you actually intended to carry-out a shoplifting scheme. It may also be possible to enter into a deferred adjudication program, or to plead not guilty and arrange a deal with the prosecutor where you face reduced charges or lesser penalties.
How Can a Bryan-College Station Shoplifting Defense Lawyer Help?
If we decide to accept representation in your case, rest assured you will have an experienced advocate on your side, fully prepared to go the distance to defend your legal rights. A shoplifting defense lawyer at my Firm knows the law related to shoplifting and will endeavor to help you defend your charges to reduce the possibility of conviction or reduce the penalties. We have successfully represented many clients throughout the Brazos County area; however, every case is different and you need an advocate to assist in developing the right strategy for your particular situation.
Call us today for a consultation so we can discuss how to best approach your shoplifting charges.