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Texas Theft Charges: What You Need to Know

“Stop! Thief!”

If you’re hearing these two words, you’re probably in some trouble. Not all theft cases are that dramatic, but the consequences for stealing another’s property may end up costing you more than just a bit of pocket change.

Here, we’re going to detail the basics of Texas theft charges so you can know what you’re up against if you are charged, and how you can give yourself the best chance at walking away from the courtroom without any consequences.

How Does Texas Define “Theft”?

Texas defines theft as the act of “unlawfully appropriating property with intent to deprive the owner of property.” This can be done in a variety of ways, including:

  • Taking another person’s property without their consent
  • Taking property that you knew was stolen

That’s right. [...]

How to Fight Your Texas Shoplifting Charge

Shoplifting is a very common offense, but it is taken very seriously by the state of Texas – and by Texas retailers. More and more, retailers are taking aggressive actions to catch shoplifters, and they are increasingly likely to prosecute even minor incidents of shoplifting.

This is a big deal, because you can face serious criminal penalties for a shoplifting charge, in addition to being left with a criminal record that will come back to haunt you.

Fortunately, there are many ways to fight back against shoplifting charges. [...]