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 [...]