Shoplifting & Theft

If you're caught shoplifting, not only can it be a humiliating experience, but the conviction can also lead to future consequences if you ever have to find a job, get a loan, rent an apartment, or even apply to college. I have helped to defend a number of clients against charges related to:

  • Shoplifting
  • Robbery or Burglary
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Embezzlement
  • Car Theft

Shoplifting & Theft: Crimes of Moral Turpitude

In Texas, theft & shoplifting are considered to be "crimes of moral turpitude" — in relation to dishonesty. Consequences of these crimes may surprise you since the nature of the theft can vary so widely. The severity of penalties following a theft conviction can range from minor misdemeanors (Class C) to major felonies, depending on the value of the stolen items or any damage that took place during the event.

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Charges & Penalties of Theft and/or Shoplifting in Texas

For first-time misdemeanors of Class A or B not going to trial, consequences usually involve probation and no jail time; many of these cases can be dismissed and removed from your record under the right circumstances. Other, more serious charges and penalties are as follows:

  • Class C misdemeanor: stolen property valued less than $100 results in a $500 fine
  • Class B misdemeanor: stolen property valued between $100 - $750, or if you've previously been convicted of shoplifting, penalties can result in a fine of up to $2,000 and up to 180 days in jail
  • Class A misdemeanor: stolen property valued between $750 - $2,500 can result in a $4,000 fine and up to one year in jail
  • State jail felony: stolen property valued between $2,500 - $30,000 can result in a jail sentence between 180 days and two years
  • 3rd degree felony: stolen property valued between $30,000 - $150,000 can result in imprisonment between 2 and 10 years
  • 2nd degree felony: stolen property valued between $150,000  - $300,000 can result in imprisonment between 2 and 20 years
  • 1st degree felony: stolen property valued more than $300,000 can result in imprisonment between 5 and 99 years

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When it comes to finding the right lawyer to handle your case with diligence and aggressiveness, look no further than my office. After forging a career built on exploring all options and vigorously fighting charges to get cases dismissed, I am focused on protecting your rights, your freedom, and your future. It's important to me that you have confidence in coming to the right place, so call me for a free phone consultation and we'll talk about what's best for you.

Dallas County’s Capable & Determined Shoplifting & Theft Attorney

When you’re facing the embarrassment of a theft or shoplifting charge and the uncertainty of whatever penalty the court may have in store, you need the immediate help of a skilled attorney. My experience includes all kinds of theft cases ranging from relatively petty misdemeanors to serious felonies. Contact my office or call me for a free phone consultation to discuss your options.