If you're charged with Shoplifting, the biggest concern is to try and keep a conviction off your record. As you'll see below, a Shoplifting Conviction on your record lasts for the rest of your life; there is no drop off period. So we tailor our defense with that goal in mind: a Dismissal. Because if the case is dismissed, you're eligible for an expunction later on.
Shoplifiting is a common term used to describe a theft from a store, usually referring to mechandise or goods, as opposed to theft of money or other items that are not for sale. It is also termed 'Retail Theft.' Shoplifting, is when property is taken from a commercial store without the true owner's consent.
There is no seperate offense in Texas for Shoplifting. Instead, shoplifiting in Austin will be charged as Theft.
For individuals arrested for RETAIL THEFT or THEFT, the penalty is dependant on the value of property stolen. If the value of the property stolen is less than $50 the offense is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by fines. If the value of the property stolen is $50 or more but less than $500, the offense is a Class B Misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum of six months in county jail, plus fines. The Theft is a Class A misdemeanor is if the value of the property stolen is $500 or more but less than $1,500.
Crimes of Moral Turpitude is a term designated to offenses involving traits of honestly and trust. Theft is a Crime of Moral Turpitude. Crimes of Moral Turpitude are among the most commonly reported on criminal history background checks, and may cause several losses of rights in the community, including prohibiting a person from serving on jury duty, holding public offices, obtaining licensing and clearance in certain fields, obtaining Visa's for travel into other counties, obtaining loans and mortgages, and more.
If you have two theft priors, then the third one, at arrest, may be enhanced to a felony, regardless of the amount stolen.
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