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Houston Shoplifting Attorney James Sullivan Fights for his Clients

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Shoplifting / Retail Theft

Houston Shoplifting Attorney

Harris County Shoplifting Lawyer

Shoplifting is a serious crime. Many teens and young adults may think that shoplifting is a small matter, but shoplifting is a theft crime and a theft conviction can have serious and lifelong consequences.  It only takes one brief, impulsive and poor decision to shoplift to ruin your future.  In addition to the embarrassment and possible stigma of a theft conviction, other consequences could include:

  • Cannot Get a Job.  Most employers will not hire you if you have a theft conviction on your record.  If you lie on your job application to obtain employment, you will be fired a short time later.  Criminal records can easily be checked by employers online at the website of the Harris County District Clerk.  When there is already widespread unemployment due to a slow economy, a theft conviction could make you unemployable.
  • Cannot Return to the Store.  If you were caught shoplifting, the store owner may permanently ban you from returning.  If the store is the only nearby grocery, then that could be a big inconvenience or worse.
  • A 3rd Shoplifting Conviction Is a Felony.  If you get caught shoplifting after having been previously convicted two or more times of theft, you will be charged with a state jail felony.

Houston Retail Theft Offenses

According to Texas Penal Code §31.03, a person can be charged with retail theft or shoplifting if he intentionally and unlawfully takes property from a store, retailer or merchant, with the intent to deprive the store or retailer of the property without their consent.

Houston Shoplifting Penalties

Retail theft penalties vary depending on the value of the property stolen, whether the alleged offender has previous convictions, the kind of property stolen and how the alleged offender committed the act.  The basic statutory penalties for shoplifting offenses are as follows:

  1. If the value of the property stolen is less than $100, a class C misdemeanor is punishable by a fine up to $500.
  2. If the value of the property stolen is $100 or more but less than $750, a person charged with theft can be convicted of a Class B misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine not to exceed $2,000, a  jail sentence of up to 180 days, or both.
  3. If the value of the property stolen is $750 or more but less than $2,500, a person charged with theft can be convicted of a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine not to exceed $4,000, a  jail sentence of up to one year, or both.
  4. If the value of the property stolen is $2,500 or more but less than $30,000, a person charged with theft can be convicted of a state jail felony, which is punishable by a state jail sentence ranging from 180 days to two years and a fine of up to $10,000.
  5. If the value of the property stolen is $30,000 or more but less than $150,000, a person charged with theft can be convicted of a felony of the third degree, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from 2 to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
  6. If the value of the property stolen is $150,000 or more but less than $300,000, a person charged with theft can be convicted of a felony of the second degree, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from 2 to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
  7. If the value of the property stolen is $300,000 or more, a person charged with theft can be convicted of a felony of the first degree, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from 5 to 99 years or life and a fine up to $10,000.

Houston Retail Theft Defense Attorney

At the Law Office of James Sullivan & Associates, we know what is at risk when our clients face shoplifting charges.  Our job is to fight for your rights, freedom and future.  Attorney James Sullivan has been fighting misdemeanor and felony charges at trial since 1994, and we will use our extensive experience to get you the best possible result.

Since 1994, James Sullivan has worked to get hundreds of serious criminal and juvenile cases dismissed, including many shoplifting cases.  The cases listed in the table below are just the more recently dismissed cases. Of course, the circumstances of each case is different and the same result is not possible in all cases.

James Sullivan graduated from the Trial Lawyers College founded by Legendary lawyer Gerry Spence and was invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization. Sullivan has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout Texas.

Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a free phone consultation at (281) 546-6428 about your theft charges in Harris County (Houston), Montgomery County (Conroe), Fort Bend County (Richmond), Brazoria County (Angleton), Galveston County (Galveston), Matagorda County (Bay City), Waller County (Hempstead), Washington County (Brenham), Liberty County (Liberty), Chambers County (Anahuac), Jefferson County (Beaumont) and throughout Texas.

Shoplifting Cases Dismissed in Harris County Since April 2015

CRIMINAL OFFENSEACTUAL RESULTSCT #
TheftCASE DISMISSED (shoplifting), Case #20415079
TheftCASE DISMISSED (shoplifting), Case #203888711
TheftCASE DISMISSED (shoplifting), Case #20347827
TheftCASE DISMISSED (shoplifting), Case #20347817
TheftCASE DISMISSED (shoplifting), Case #20174314
TheftCASE DISMISSED (shoplifting), Case #20202965
TheftCASE DISMISSED (shoplifting), Case #20084128
TheftCASE DISMISSED (shoplifting), Case #199853315
TheftCASE DISMISSED (shoplifting), Case #19871314
TheftCASE DISMISSED (shoplifting), Case #19868477
TheftCASE DISMISSED (shoplifting), Case #19722162
TheftCASE DISMISSED (shoplifting), Case #197587011
TheftCASE DISMISSED (shoplifting), Case #197571910
TheftCASE DISMISSED (shoplifting), Case #19617731
TheftCASE DISMISSED (shoplifting), Case #19153661
TheftCASE DISMISSED (shoplifting), Case #17652594
Theft (SJF)CASE DISMISSED (shoplifting), Case #1414083230