A Texas misdemeanor shoplifting charge will affect your life for quite some time. If it turns into a shoplifting conviction, it can ruin your life. Shoplifting charges in Texas can range from class A Misdemeanor charges to class C Misdemeanor charges. Shoplifting charges can carry serious repercussions if you plead guilty – even if you get deferred adjudication. These consequences are often a trap for those that don’t hire a good attorney or who represent themselves. In Texas, shoplifting falls under the Texas Penal Theft Code.
Texas theft misdemeanors charges are have 3 basic classes, based on the amount of the theft.
Theft amounts are covered in section 31.03(e) of the Penal Code
- Class-C Misdemeanor - theft under $50 is a Class-C Misdemeanor, (or under $20 for theft by check.)
- Class-B Misdemeanor - $50+ – under $500
- Class-A Misdemeanor - $500+ – under $1,500 is a Class-A Misdemeanor
- $1,500 but less than $20,000 is a State Jail Felony
- $20,000 but less than $100,000 is a Third Degree Felony
- $100,000 but less than $200,000 is a Second Degree Felony
- $200,000 or more is a First Degree Felony
A conviction on a Class A misdemeanor charge or Class B misdemeanor charge will be on your criminal record forever – making it difficult to find gainful employment. It will also make it extremely difficult to rent an apartment or home. Class C Misdemeanor charge can stay on your record as well if you are convicted. No matter what the circumstance is you want to make sure that your attorney is looking into whether your misdemeanor charge is eligible for deferred adjudication, a charge reduction, or pretrial diversion so you can later have the charge cleared from you record through expungement or non-disclosure.
If you are charged with a Class A Misdemeanor Theft or Class B Misdemeanor Theft or Class C Misdemeanor Theft in Collin County or Dallas, your future is at stake. You should consult with a qualified local defense attorney with a excellent reputation, vast knowledge of Texas misdemeanor laws, and many years experience defending misdemeanor charges in McKinney Dallas, Rockwall, Denton and Fort Worth.
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