Hidalgo County Shoplifting Defense Attorney
Facing Shoplifting Charges? Let Attorney Flores Help You!
The crime of shoplifting involves taking either a good or service from a store or retail establishment without consent or paying the proper price for it. This crime has been found to cost business owners billions of combined dollars every year, and thus it is taken very seriously and heavily prosecuted.
- You could be charged with shoplifting for:
- Taking an item from a store without paying for it
- Changing the price of an item to a lower price
- Consuming a service without paying for it
- Writing a knowingly-false check to pay for an item
When facing criminal charges of shoplifting, you should not hesitate to call a Hidalgo County criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Attorney Flores understands the gravity of shoplifting charges and works hard to prevent his clients from falling victim to the harsh consequences levied by the criminal justice system. Mr. Flores has his roots in the local community, having grown up in Hidalgo County, and having served previously in the legal system in our courts. As a Municipal Judge in Palmview, he developed a deep understanding and interpretation of the law, which he now can put to work defending you from your charges.
If you are facing shoplifting charges, time is not on your side! Call The Law Office of Rene A. Flores today at (956) 606-3606 and request a free phone consultation if you have been arrested and are facing shoplifting charges.
Penalties for Shoplifting
Shoplifting is considered to be a “wobbler” theft crime which means that you could face either misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on the circumstances. Generally your charges could become a felony when the value of the property stolen exceeds $1,500.
- Penalties for shoplifting include:
- Jail time
- Large fines
- Victim restitution (via civil court cases)
- Permanent criminal record
As with other theft crimes in Texas, your penalties will depend on the value of the property or services you steal, along with the presence or absence of any aggravating factors. For example, if the item you steal is a firearm, your victim is an emergency service, or you have a previous theft crime conviction on your record, your penalties could be increased.
To learn more about the consequences you could be facing, contact The Law Office of Rene A. Flores online now!
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