Shoplifting

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Texas law defines theft as depriving or withholding property from its owner permanently or for so extended a period of time a significant portion of the value or enjoyment of the property is lost to the owner. Shoplifting is a particular type of petty theft involving depriving a store or store owner from property by taking items from the store without paying for them or switching the tags on items to pay a lesser price for them.

If you’ve been accused of shoplifting, don’t hesitate to talk to one of our skilled Austin theft crimes attorneys as soon as possible. A conviction for a theft crime could make it harder for you to find a job or housing later in life because of your criminal record. You might also end up owing the alleged victim hundreds if not thousands of dollars in restitution.

Get your case started by calling us at (888) 907-8994 or filling out our online form today.

Penalties

The punishment for shoplifting depends on the value of the item you stole. Theft of property ranging from $50 to $1,500 will lead to some type of misdemeanor conviction and will result in huge fines and jail time up to one year. Theft of property valued at $1,500 to $200,000 will result in a felony conviction, which could lead to imprisonment from 180 days to 99 years and fines up to $10,000. The following is an outline of the potential sentences you might face.

Theft of Property $50 and Less

  • Class C misdemeanor (Class B if offender has a prior theft conviction)
  • Fines of up to $500

Theft of Property Between $50 and $500

  • Class B misdemeanor
  • Jail time up to 180 days
  • Fines up to $2,000

Theft of Property Between $500 and $1,500

  • Class A misdemeanor
  • Jail time up to 1 year
  • Fines up to $4,000

Theft of Property Between $1,500 and $20,000

  • State jail felony
  • Jail time between 180 days and 2 years
  • Fines up to $10,000

Theft of Property Between $20,000 and $100,000

  • 3rd-degree felony
  • Jail time between 2 to 10 years
  • Fines up to $10,000

Theft of Property Between $100,000 and $200,000

  • 2nd-degree felony
  • Jail time between 2 to 20 years
  • Fines up to $10,000

Theft of Property Over $200,000

  • 1st-degree felony
  • Jail time between 5 and 99 years
  • Fines up to $10,000

Call Us About Your Case Today

Depending on the amount stolen, you could face a lengthy prison sentence and high fines in addition to lawsuits by the alleged victims. Make sure you defend yourself by talking to one of our skilled Austin criminal defense lawyers about your case as soon as possible. Our attorneys have 20 years of legal experience to offer your case.

Contact us at (888) 907-8994 or fill out our online form to schedule a FREE consultation today.

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