Shoplifting in Texas

Counsel from a Trusted Houston Theft Crime Lawyer

Unlike other states, Texas has no particular "shoplifting" statute. Instead, these crimes are just considered "theft," which is defined and explained in Texas Penal Code § 31. Shoplifting—the act of taking concealed retail items from a store without paying—is still a common theft charge in Texas and those accused face not only face stiff penalties, but a black mark on the personal record, as well.

If you have been charged with a shoplifting theft, then you do not necessarily have to submit to a guilty plea. Instead, we invite you to contact us at The Law Office of Jason Luong, PLLC today. Attorney Luong is a former prosecutor whose legal work has been industry-recognized. He knows how to protect the rights and interests of his clients, even in misdemeanor cases like shoplifting.

Before you plead guilty, explore your defense options with trusted counsel. Contact us to speak with a proven Houston theft crime lawyer today.

Defenses of Shoplifting

Many accused of shoplifting may think that the evidence against them is too strong to challenge in court. However, a skilled Houston shoplifting attorney may be able to examine key factors in your arrest or navigate your case away from a criminal charge.

Common defense strategies in a shoplifting theft case include:

  • Challenging intent: did the accused really intend to not pay for the items? In retail stores that are now filled with personal scanners and self-checkout machines, some accused of shoplifting are just confused shoppers, not thieves.
  • Cross-examining witnesses: shoplifting theft is often caught on security footage—but not always. When these cases rely on eyewitnesses, they become as vulnerable to inconsistencies as other crimes that rely on witness testimony.
  • Diversion programs: shoplifting theft charges rarely call for a trial and it can be possible for defense counsel to secure a diversion program (counseling, community service, etc.) instead of possible fines and jail time for their client. This is particularly true for accused individuals who have little to no prior criminal history.

Whatever your circumstances are following a shoplifting charge, The Law Office of Jason Luong, PLLC can help. Contact us today to start exploring your legal options with a free and confidential case evaluation.

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