Have you been arrested for theft? In Texas, theft can be a simple misdemeanor, or a serious felony, depending upon what was allegedly stolen. For example, for theft under $50, which is frequently at issue in a typical shoplifting charge, this type of theft is considered to be a class C misdemeanor. For class C misdemeanor theft, you can be fined up to $500, but receive no jail time. On the other hand, in cases involving theft over $100,000, you can be charged with a first degree felony, which carries a punishment range from 5 to 99 years in state prison, and fine of up to $10,000. Theft charges are considered to be crimes of moral turpitude, which means they are thought to bear unfavorably on your ability to handle money or be truthful. As a result, even a seemingly insignificant shoplifting charge can cause you problems in obtaining employment, if the charge results in a conviction.
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