Consequences of Shoplifting in Texas

Penalties for Shoplifting Convictions in the State of Texas

Being arrested for shoplifting can be humiliating—but being convicted of theft can be even worse. In addition to having criminal charges on your permanent record, you could be subject to criminal penalties, which vary based on the nature of the shoplifting offense and the value of the stolen item(s).

Depending on the price of the shoplifted articles, theft crimes may be classified and penalized as follows:

  • <$100: Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum fine of $500 (no jail time)
  • $100 - $749: Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum fine of $2,000, up to 180 days in jail, or both (You may also be convicted of a Class B misdemeanor if you are found shoplifting an item valued at less than $100 for the second time.)
  • $750 - $2,499: Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum fine of $4,000, up to one year in jail, or both
  • $2,500 - $29,999: State jail felony, punishable by a maximum fine of $10,000, up to two years in jail (You may also be convicted of a state jail felony if you have previously been convicted of shoplifting on more than two occasions and have stolen property valued at less than $2,500.)
  • $30,000 - $149,999: Third degree felony, punishable by a maximum fine of $10,000, up to 10 years in jail, or both
  • $150,000 - $299,999: Second degree felony, punishable by a maximum fine of $10,000, up to 20 years in jail, or both
  • $300,000+: First degree felony, punishable by a maximum fine of $10,000, up to 99 years in prison, or both

Theft Crimes Attorney in Dallas

The consequences of shoplifting charges could be severe, and you could spend years paying the price for a theft conviction. If you have been arrested for shoplifting or charged with theft of any degree, connect with one of our Dallas theft crimes lawyers and schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.

Call (214) 301-5007 today to get started.

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