You may also be told that you can never lawfully enter a Wal-Mart store again, regardless of the outcome of your case. If you get banned from the store and are caught in one, you could be charged with trespassing and risk further legal consequences. These, however, are all generalities and your case might differ in terms of penalties. If you contact the Law Office of Paul Schiffer, we can look at your case and give you a more specific outline of what you could expect in terms of possible punishments if convicted.
Prior Convictions on Theft Charge in Texas
In Texas, prior theft convictions can allow a judge to hand down a harsher sentence than what your charge calls for. This is a broad and complicated area and another excellent reason that having a defense attorney in these circumstances is invaluable. Your attorney can help negotiate your sentence for you and try to get you less of a sentence instead of the inflated charge.
When convicted of any crime, no matter how small it is, you’ll have a permanent criminal record can show up on background checks done by potential employers or anyone else who cares to look you up. This can stop you from getting a job, negatively affect your credit, inhibit you from getting bank loans, restrict you from getting certain licenses or certifications, or keep you from renting property. It can even impact custody or visitation agreements for your children. When you’re convicted of shoplifting, you face a lifetime of consequences even after you serve your time or pay your fines.
Possible Defenses for Shoplifting
There are credible defenses that a good defense attorney can use to help you fight back against a shoplifting charge. One of the most common defenses is a lack of intent. You have to intend to steal an item from a store in order to be charged with shoplifting. Your attorney can also show that you were unlawfully detained by the store which can lead to your charges being dropped.
In some instances, there are mitigating factors that can help you fight a shoplifting accusation. For example, your age can impact your sentence lack of any prior criminal history, or if you were acting under duress. A qualified attorney knows how to use these and other factors factors to help build your defense.
When you align yourself with a qualified defense attorney like Paul Schiffer and his team you’ll have all the help you need to fight back against Wal-Mart and their corporate attorneys and prosecutors. We will listen to your case, analyze it, and tell you what to expect in terms of your possible defenses for your case as well as the penalties you face if convicted. Contact our office by phone, email, through our website, or by stopping by to talk in person. We’re ready to help you today.