Fort Bend County Shoplifting Lawyer
Shoplifting Charges in Fort Bend County
One of the most common
theft offenses is shoplifting. Based upon the value of the items, your criminal record
and other facts, a conviction can lead to very serious consequences, affecting
you for the rest of your life. Lawmakers in Texas have allowed for harsh
penalties to be imposed in theft crimes, including the crime of shoplifting.
If you are accused of committing this crime, it is imperative that you
seek legal representation at once. By retaining a Fort Bend County shoplifting
defense attorney from my firm, the Law Office of Steven Rocket Rosen,
you will be getting the services of a lawyer who is certified as a specialist
in criminal law. With 30 years of experience in criminal defense, I have
the skills and insight that could help you avoid the heavy consequences
of a conviction.
Shoplifting Defense Options
If you are convicted, you could face punishments such as fines, community
service or jail time. In the State of Texas there are also civil penalties
for shoplifting that can be brought against you by a retailer, separate
from the criminal case. Under the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies
Code Section 134.005, a retailer has the right to pursue damages resulting
from a shoplifting theft, including actual damages, court costs and reasonable
attorney's fees. This statute gives large retailers the ability to
sue a shoplifter for civil damages up to $1,000, or sue the parents of
a minor shoplifter for up to $5,000. Ignoring civil charges could mean
having a default judgment against you, which can affect your credit score
and affect the title of your property.
The extra complication of having criminal charges and civil charges in
a shoplifting case requires skilled assistance from a criminal attorney
with vast knowledge of the criminal and civil justice systems. Without
experienced legal representation, you could suffer heavy consequences.
When you are facing shoplifting charges, don't hesitate to
contact me so that I can provide you with legal representation you can trust to do
everything possible for you.