Facing a Shoplifting Charge in Fort Worth?
Have you, a friend or a loved one been arrested and charged with shoplifting? Shoplifting is a type of theft crime that involves stealing from a retail store by either taking property from the store without the owner’s consent or attempting to take the items from the store without intending to pay for the items. As it is with all theft cases, whether your shoplifting case is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony will depend upon the value of the items stolen.
Generally, a shoplifting case will be filed as a misdemeanor when the value of the property taken was less than $1,500. Misdemeanor shoplifting charges carry with them the possibility of up to 1 year in the Tarrant County jail and up to $4,000 in fines. If the property stolen exceeds $1,500 in value, you could be looking at a felony shoplifting charge that exposes you to a minimum of 180 days in a Texas State jail facility and up to $10,000 in fines.
Although many think of the crime of shoplifting as a minor infraction, it is important to recognize that if you are charged with shoplifting, you are in a dangerous situation. Whether charged as a felony or a misdemeanor, shoplifting is a serious criminal charge that carries devastating long-term consequences. In addition to jail time and fines, a shoplifting conviction may permanently limit your ability to obtain gainful employment. Under Texas law, shoplifting and many other theft crimes are considered crimes of moral turpitude. A conviction for a crime against moral turpitude could result in limited employment opportunities, the deportation of an alien, and could result in your honesty and good name being held in question for the remainder of your life.
If you, a friend, or a family member has been charged with shoplifting do not make the mistake of representing yourself. Contact The Hampton Law Firm now to ensure that you have an aggressive criminal lawyer protecting your good name and future employment opportunities.
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