Texas Theft Liability Act

Theft can occur in various forms, including shoplifting, writing bad checks, buying/receiving stolen property, theft of services, or embezzlement. In the state of Texas, on top of a criminal charge that you may face for the crime, there also exists a law that allows for victims of theft to sue for damages. This means that you can face civil charges as well as criminal damages.

The most prevalent use of this act is by retail establishments. Not only do stores sometimes demand that you pay for the stolen item, but also the costs of replacing it (and other costs related to recovery). Also, there may be an additional charge of $5,000 if the accused shoplifter is a minor. If you have been charged with shoplifting, embezzlement, or any other form of theft, contact Austin criminal lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 today.

Penalties for Theft

In addition to the above-mentioned penalties, an individual found guilty of theft may face:

  • Fines up to $10,000 for a felony
  • Fines up to $4,000 for a misdemeanor
  • Up to one year in prison for a misdemeanor
  • Up to 99 years in prison for a felony

Charges are dependent on the individual circumstances of the case, including the value of the item that was stolen. When the Texas Theft Liability Act is employed and the accused is charged for damages on top of the existing penalties, it can be a very distressing, expensive, and confusing process. That is why the help of an experienced, professional attorney can be extremely beneficial for you in a court of law.

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If you are currently facing theft charges, contact Austin criminal lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 to begin discussing your legal rights and options.


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