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Category: Shoplifting/Retail Theft

Dec 1

Texas Retailers Extra Vigilant For Shoplifting During the Holidays

Shoplifting/Retail Theft

Budgets get pretty tight during the holiday season. For many people, the extra pressure of getting their loved ones a great gift leads them to criminal activity that winds up costing retailers $6 billion during the holidays.

In turn, retailers are paying extra close attention to shoppers during the holiday season. If you think someone is watching you while you shop for your friends and family, you’re probably right.

What sections of the store are retailers most likely to be hanging around, waiting for shoplifters? What are people stealing?

We finally have some answers, thanks to a report from Checkpoint Systems.

Top Items Shoplifted By Americans During the Holidays

  • Electronics and electronics accessories
  • Leather clothes
  • Winter clothes
  • Any type of
Oct 12

Accused of Shoplifting in Texas? You Have Rights

Shoplifting/Retail Theft

Being accused of shoplifting can be a stressful experience. Security personnel may threaten you with criminal allegations, police action, or ask you to pay restitution. However, depending on the circumstances of the situation, their actions may not be entirely lawful.

If you have been accused of shoplifting in Texas, it is important to recognize that you have rights that protect you.

Texas Shoplifting Laws

The act of shoplifting in Texas falls under the definition of “theft” in the Texas Penal Code. In layman’s terms, theft is defined as the act of taking another person’s property with the intention of depriving the owner of that piece of property.

Depending on the value of the stolen items, penalties for the act of [...]

Nov 14

How Texans Should Respond to Accusations of Shoplifting

Shoplifting/Retail Theft | Theft Crimes

Being accused of shoplifting can be all kinds of things: embarrassing, scary, frustrating, insulting, confusing. No matter what you feel, though, you absolutely need to take the situation seriously.

Why? Because in the state of Texas, charges can carry hefty fines and jail time depending on the specific circumstances.

This may be difficult, but the most important thing anyone can do in this situation is to remain calm and remember their rights.

This post outlines some of those rights and offers examples of what you can do if you suddenly find yourself accused.

Defining “Shoplifting” in Texas

Shoplifting in our state falls under the broader category of “theft.” According to Texas Penal Code, theft is defined as taking property [...]

Jan 12

How to Fight Back If You Got a Texas Shoplifting Charge This Christmas

Shoplifting/Retail Theft

Inventory loss is a significant cost for any retailer, especially around the holidays. For this reason, retailers large and small increase store security during the Christmas season, and are likely to prosecute even minor shoplifting offenses.

If you are facing Texas shoplifting charges after this holiday season, it is important to take the matter seriously and be proactive. Even if you are facing seemingly minor charges with relatively small penalties, a criminal record can compromise employment, housing, student loan prospects, and more.

Fortunately, a knowledgeable Texas theft defense attorney can help you to develop a strong defense, maximizing your change of an acquittal. Your attorney can also help you assess whether alternative options such as pretrial diversion programs or plea [...]

Nov 15

Everything You Need to Know about Texas Shoplifting Laws

Shoplifting/Retail Theft

If you have been charged with shoplifting in Texas, you may wonder what penalties you may face if convicted. Here is a guide to everything you need to know about shoplifting charges in Texas, and what defenses may be used to help you.

What the Texas Statutes Say about Shoplifting

Texas Penal Code §31.03 addresses theft, which comes in several different forms. Shoplifting is a type of theft crime. Moreover, it is the most common offense brought to court in the Fort Worth area.

Theft is defined as unlawfully taking someone else’s property. In a shoplifting case, this would apply to unlawfully taking a retail store’s property.

The taking of property is unlawful when the one who takes it has [...]

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