Theft & Shoplifting Offenses

Houston Theft & Shoplifting Attorney

During my experience as a criminal defense attorney serving the Houston area, I have won several burglary of a habitation, retail theft, auto theft (unauthorized use of a motor vehicle), and numerous shoplifting cases, but this shoplifting case really caught my attention.After the not guilty at trial, we sued Dillard’s in civil court and I got to know the in(s) and out(s) of big store security.

I sued Dillard’s (at Memorial Mall, Houston) for unlawful arrest, detention, and restraint of my client, and received a nice jury verdict.I rarely do civil trials but this case really upset me. Not only was my client treated poorly by the in-house security (OFF DUTY HOUSTON POLICE OFFICERS), but the name partner of a large Houston civil defense firm took a special interest in this case and tried to bully me and my client.

Attorney Jack B. Carroll Fights Shoplifting Cases

I learned a lot about in-house department store security because of the extensive discovery and lengthy depositions in this case. Dillard’s was using off-duty Houston Police Officers (HPD) for their in-store security, (bad idea because some officer’s take a back alley attitude to a theft/shoplifting investigation.) And I know that some of the accused of shoplifting/theft simply got distracted and walk out of the store unintentionally without paying.

Some department stores like Macy’s, K-Mart, Wal-Mart, Neiman Marcus, and Target use in-house private security guards. Many of these security guards change jobs frequently, are inexperienced, make mistakes, and are ripe for cross-examination. Many are unavailable for trial and no longer work at the store.

Prosecutors preparing for trial often have a hard time finding these in-house security employees. I’ve won many theft-shoplifting trials that at first glance seemed unwinnable, simply because the guard could not be located.

There are many ways of avoiding a trial and still getting a dismissal, and ( if you are eligible) sealing your criminal record;

  1. Pre-Trial Diversion
  2. Special Expense
  3. Deferred adjudication

Yet I’ve seen these opportunities go out the window due to lack of attention (client preparation) or inexperience of the defense lawyer. Be sure you know the lawyer knows what he’s doing. The Chief Prosecutor of the court you are in has great leeway in deciding whether or not to give a person accused of shoplifting/theft a second chance.

(Please see the Harris County Community Supervision and Correction Department’s)

A Crime of Moral Turpitude

Shoplifting/theft in Texas is considered a crime of moral turpitude, and if not handled correctly can have adverse effects on your reputation, job, credit, apt locating etc, for the rest of your life.

Many times the value and aggregation of the amounts involved in a theft case are exaggerated, and restitution requirements inflated. I have the experience to recognize these issues.

If you’ve been charged with theft/shoplifting, burglary, theft of service, theft of trade secrets, theft by check or unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, even if think your case is hopeless, call me.

Houston Shoplifting Defense: Case Results

Theft-Shoplifting/EXPUNGED: CT 14 NOT GUILTY
Theft-Shoplifting/EXPUNGED: CT 14 NOT GUILTY
Theft-Shoplifting/EXPUNGED :CT 7 NOT GUILTY
Theft-Shoplifting/DISMISSED: CZE# 12772290 CT 8Burglary WITH INTENT TO COMMIT AGGRAVATED ASSAULT/NOT GUILTY: CZE# 07709330, 337th
Burglary OF A HABITATION: CZE# 07832870 183rd NOT GUILTY
Burglary OF A HABITATION: CZE#07678820 338th NOT GUILTY
Burglary OF A BUILDING-Dismissed: CZE# 07150510, 209th
AGGRAVATED ROBBERY/ CZE# 07832560 338th NOT GUILTY / DIRECTED VERDICTS: JUDGE HATTEN
Theft-Dismissed: CZE# 13643980 CT 13
CREDIT/DEBIT CARD ABUSE-Dismissed: CZE# 08085390, 182nd
Burglary OF A VEHICLE-Dismissed: CZE# 97219350 CT 8
Theft/$ 20,000 –$ 100,000-Dismissed: CZE# 07540840, 248th
Theft OF A FIREARM-Dismissed: CZE#07468110, CZE# 07389520, 174th
FEDERAL BANK FRAUD/NOT GUILTY/SECOND CHAIR: lead attorney Mac Secrest
AGGRAVATED ROBBERY/GUILTY/ REVERSED ON APPEAL 338th
Theft-Dismissed: CZE# 99459770 CT 1
Theft/$20,000-$100,000/DISMISSED: CZE# 08378470, 351st
Theft-Dismissed: CZE# 16041310 CT 8
BURGLARY-Dismissed: CZE# 11377310, 230th
Theft-Dismissed: CZE# 18030390 CT 8
Burglary-Dismissed: CZE# 11377300, 230th
UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE-Dismissed: CZE # 09801960, 178th
FORGERY/DISMISSED: CZE# 0743250, 209th
Theft $20,000-$100,000/DISMISSED: CZE# 07176620, 209th
Theft 1500 -20,000/ DISMISSED: CZE# 09709200, 232nd set for suppression/jury trial
Theft BY CHECK-Dismissed: CZE# 98175990 CT 12
Burglary OF A BUILDING-Dismissed: CZE# 07150510, 209th
Burglary OF A VEHICLE-Dismissed: CZE# 97219350 CT 8
Theft/DISMISSED: CZE# 99459770 CT 14
Theft/$20,000-$100,000-Dismissed: CZE# 08378470, 351st
Theft-Dismissed: CZE# 16041310 CT 8
Theft/SHOPLIFTING-Dismissed: CZE# 12772290 CT 8
Burglary-Dismissed: CZE# 11377310, 230th
Theft-Dismissed: CZE# 18030390 CT 8
Burglary-Dismissed: CZE# 11377300, 230th
UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE-Dismissed: CZE # 09801960, 178th
FORGERY-Dismissed: CZE# 0743250, 209th
Theft $20,000-$100,000-Dismissed: CZE# 07176620, 209th
Theft 1500 -20,000-Dismissed: CZE# 09709200, 232nd set for suppression/jury trial
Theft BY CHECK-Dismissed: CZE# 98175990 CT 12
Burglary-Dismissed: CZE# 11377310, 230th
Burglary OF A BUILDING-Dismissed: CZE# 07150510, 209th
Theft-Dismissed: CZE# 13643980 CT 13
CREDIT/DEBIT CARD ABUSE-Dismissed: CZE# 08085390, 182nd
Burglary OF A VEHICLE-Dismissed: CZE# 97219350 CT 8
Theft 20,000 – 100,000 -Dismissed: CZE# 07540840, 248th
Theft OF A FIREARM-Dismissed: CZE#07468110, CZE# 07389520, 174th
Theft-Dismissed: CZE# 99459770 CT 14

Need Help? Contact Attorney Jack B. Carroll

If you have questions about keeping a shoplifting charge off your record (which is a crime of moral turpitude that can affect you for the rest of your life) and even if you think your case is hopeless, call Houston Criminal Defense Attorney Jack B. Carroll at 713.228.4607 for legal representation. Have your rights vigorously defended.

Theft & Shoplifting Attorney in Houston, TX

Houston Criminal Attorney Jack B. Carroll