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Theft is when someone unlawfully takes someone else’s property. Shoplifting, is the same situation, except the victim of the crime is a retail business. Shoplifting cases hinge on intent, and the prosecution must prove that the defendant wanted to take the item and did not mistakenly walk out of the store without paying for it. If you or someone you know has been charged with a first offense of shoplifting in Texas, you may be wondering what consequences you may face if you are convicted. Here’s what you need to know about the punishment and consequences for shoplifting in Texas, and how you can post bail.

What Is the Punishment for Shoplifting in Texas?

Shoplifting charges and penalties in Texas depend on the property value of the item stolen and whether this was a first-time offense or habitual behavior. Here are the guidelines to the associated penalties of shoplifting in Texas:

  • Property value under $50: Class C misdemeanor, maximum fine of $500
  • Property value under $50 plus prior theft conviction: Class B misdemeanor, maximum fine of $2,000 and/or maximum 180 days in jail
  • Property value between $50 and $500: Class B misdemeanor, maximum fine of $2,000 and/or maximum 180 days in jail
  • Property value between $500 and $1,500: Class A misdemeanor, maximum fine of $4,000 and/or maximum one year in jail
  • Property value between $1,500 and $20,000, or firearm theft: State jail felony, maximum fine of $10,000 and at least 180 days in jail, not to exceed two years
  • Property value between $20,000 and $100,000: Third degree felony, maximum fine of $10,000 and at least two years in jail, not to exceed 10 years
  • Property value between $100,000 and $200,000: Second degree felony, maximum fine of $10,000 and at least two years in jail, not to exceed 20 years
  • Property value over $200,000: First degree felony, maximum fine of $10,000 and between 5 and 99 years in jail

Texas shoplifting laws for minors will make the parents or guardians responsible for the child’s crime.

Bail for Shoplifting Charges in Texas

Whatever situation you are in when it comes to shoplifting, hiring a knowledge bail bonds agency is a smart move.

PCS Bail Bonds can help you if you need to post bail for shoplifting in Texas. We provide 24-hour bail bonds for a variety of additional charges including drug possession, embezzlement, assault, and more. We post affordable bail bonds in Fort Worth, Texas, and other municipalities in Tarrant County to help clients with financial challenges. We process our clients’ requests quickly and efficiently. Our bond agents are always on call and we can be down to the jail in as little as 30 minutes to help you understand your situation and make the best decisions.

Contact us now by phone at 817-335-1655, at our e-mail, visit in-person, or fill out our bail bond request form. You can be confident that you’re working with experts who are dedicated to helping you.

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