Theft Or Shoplifting
Theft Defense Attorneys in Houston
While each state’s laws vary, shoplifting offense may include intentionally hiding goods being offered for sale or intending to deprive the items’ rightful owner of the possession of the items, without paying for them. Usually, you don’t have to get out of the store with stolen goods to face shoplifting charges. Even hiding the merchandise inside or outside the store will often be enough to open a case against you.
The severity of shoplifting charges depends on the value of goods stolen. If the act of theft involves firearms or incendiary devices, the charges may be high. The charges range from infraction (the lowest level) to misdemeanor, and varying degrees of felonies. Infractions will attract a fine, misdemeanor charges may lead to jail time or probation, and felonies may result in a longer jail sentence.
If you’re facing shoplifting charges, consider talking to a criminal defense attorney. They’ll help you know whether your case will be treated as an infraction, misdemeanor or a felony. Again, if the shoplifting charges are false, they’ll work hard to prove you innocent and help you file a lawsuit against the plaintiff for false accusations.
Our criminal defense attorneys at Carter Law have a vast experience in dealing with criminal cases, and, as such, they’ll give you the best legal representation. When you reach out to us, we’ll help you learn more about your specific situation and help you know the type of charges your offense attracts. Contact us today to get advice on the next step to take.
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What should I expect if I have been charged with theft or shoplifting?
Theft or shoplifting can either be a misdemeanor or a felony. While the penalty of shoplifting is not as grave as assault or homicide, the severity of the crime depends on severity of factors like the total retail value of the stolen item, whether you are a repeat offender, or whether you used credit card to commit fraud.