Hempstead, Texas Criminal Lawyer James Sullivan Can Defend You Against Shoplifting Charges


Hempstead, Texas Shoplifting Attorney

Waller County Shoplifting Lawyer

Shoplifting is a serious crime. Many teens and young adults may think that shoplifting is a small matter, but shoplifting is a theft crime and a theft conviction can have serious and lifelong consequences. It only takes one brief, impulsive and poor decision to shoplift to ruin your future. In addition to the embarrassment and possible stigma of a theft conviction, other consequences could include:

  • Cannot Get a Job. Most employers will not hire you if you have a theft conviction on your record. If you lie on your job application to obtain employment, you will be fired a short time later. Criminal records can easily be checked by employers online. When there is already widespread unemployment due to a slow economy, a theft conviction could make you unemployable.
  • Cannot Return to the Store. If you were caught shoplifting, the store owner may permanently ban you from returning. If the store is the only nearby grocery, then that could be a big inconvenience or worse.
  • A 3rd Shoplifting Conviction Is a Felony. If you get caught shoplifting after having been previously convicted two or more times of theft, you will be charged with a state jail felony.

Waller County Criminal Trial Lawyers Defending Your Rights, Freedom and Future

Hempstead Theft Defense Attorney

IMG_2922BAt the Law Office of James Sullivan & Associates, we know what is at risk when our clients face shoplifting charges. Our job is to fight for your rights, freedom and future. Attorney James Sullivan has been fighting misdemeanor and felony charges at trial since 1994, and we will use our extensive experience to get you the best possible result.

James Sullivan attended the Trial Lawyers College founded by Legendary lawyer Gerry Spence and was invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization. Sullivan has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout Texas.

Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a free initial consultation at (281) 546-6428 about your theft charges in Harris County (Houston), Montgomery County (Conroe), Fort Bend County (Richmond), Brazoria County (Angleton), Galveston County (Galveston), Matagorda County (Bay City), Waller County (Hempstead), Washington County (Brenham), Liberty County (Liberty), Chambers County (Anahuac), Jefferson County (Beaumont) and throughout Texas.

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Texas Penal Code

Sec. 31.03.  THEFT.  (a)  A person commits an offense if he unlawfully appropriates property with intent to deprive the owner of property.

(b)  Appropriation of property is unlawful if:

(1)  it is without the owner’s effective consent;

(e)  Except as provided by Subsection (f), an offense under this section is:

(1)  a Class C misdemeanor if the value of the property stolen is less than:

(A)  $50; or

(B)  $20 and the defendant obtained the property by issuing or passing a check or similar sight order in a manner described by Section 31.06;

(2)  a Class B misdemeanor if:

(A)  the value of the property stolen is:

(i)  $50 or more but less than $500;

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