Being charged with "shoplifting" is a serious criminal offense in the State of Texas. Shoplifting is a theft-related crime, and if convicted, it is a crime of moral turpitude. This could be very detrimental in many respects, not the least of which is the diminished ability in the future to find suitable employment.
Shoplifting charges are not as simple as prosecutors often like to make it. A person who is accused of shoplifting from a store must be found to have had the "intent" (or mens rea) to steal. Simply because someone walks out the door with unpaid merchandise does not necessarily mean they "intended" to shoplift it.
Shoplifting, and other theft-related criminal offenses, perhaps have the most potential for lasting damaging effects on the future of a person's life. It is cannot be stressed enough to take these extremely seriously. Even in cases where the proof of the crime seems evident, there are usually ways to mitigate the long-term effects of a potential conviction. Many counties have pre-trial diversion programs that an application can be submitted for that could ensure the accused will not ultimately receive a conviction if they successfully complete the requirements of the program.
A shoplifting conviction of theft will be incrediblly detrimental to a person's future employment and educational goals and prospects. If you have been arrested for this a shoplifting crime in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, call The Law Offices of Carl David Ceder, PLLC, at 214.702.CARL (2275) without delay. We offer free consultations, and our phones are answered 24 hours a day/7days a week.