Physical evidence items in a theft case are the real, physical objects that are collected and introduced as evidence if the case goes to court. Any item that might be important to the case can be collected and documented as physical evidence. From personal clothing to the objects taken, physical evidence is an important piece […]
Blog Category: Theft Crimes
How Long After a Shoplifting Incident in Texas Can You Be Charged?
You may think that a conviction for shoplifting is no big deal. It may not seem like a big deal now, but a conviction for shoplifting could be a very big deal later on. Having a shoplifting conviction on your permanent record could make it hard to get a job, housing, or a loan. If […]
What Is Aggregate Theft in Texas?
Porch pirates beware. You could find yourself being arrested on aggregate theft charges. Depending on the value of the packages you swiped, you could find yourself facing felony rather than just misdemeanor charges. What is aggregate theft in Texas? According to Section 31.09 of the Texas penal code, aggregate theft occurs when an individual commits […]
Why Did I Get a Letter from Walmart Demanding That I Pay Them For Shoplifting Damages?
David was caught shoplifting at a local Walmart. He was detained by loss prevention staff; the property he is accused of attempting to steal — a $12 T-shirt — was recovered. No charges were filed, but he was banned from returning to the store. Sandra was also accused of shoplifting at Walmart, for about $25 […]
Avoid Package Theft Charges: Texas Gets Tough with Porch Pirates
One of the reasons online shopping is so popular is that the items purchased are delivered directly to your front door, usually within a few days after you place your order. However, if no one’s at home when the items are delivered, they can sit outside on the porch or in the driveway, where they […]
Is Shoplifting Without Leaving the Store Possible in Texas?
Shoplifting is often thought of as a person taking merchandise and leaving the store with it. However, shoplifting refers to various situations involving the taking of property without an owner’s consent. Shoplifting without leaving the store is possible in Texas and depends on the nature of the incident. Defining ‘Shoplifting’ in Texas Shoplifting is a […]
Should I Pay A Civil Demand Letter For Shoplifting In Texas?
Being arrested and convicted for shoplifting in Houston or Harris County could have a major impact on your life. You could be ordered to serve jail time and/or pay hefty fines. A conviction will remain permanently on your public record, making it hard for you to get a job, attend the school you want to, […]
What to Do If You Get Arrested For Shoplifting in Houston during the Holiday Season
Product loss due to theft costs Houston business owners millions each holiday season. To reduce their risks, they hire extra security staff and install additional surveillance technology. Because of that, the odds of being accused and arrested for shoplifting in Houston increase greatly during the holidays. Whether you’re innocent or guilty, being arrested and charged […]
Is Retail/Return Fraud a Crime in Houston?
Returning an item under the false pretense that it was lawfully purchased in an attempt to receive cash or store credit is a crime known as retail/return fraud. In Texas, this is considered to be a form of theft. What Are Some Examples of Retail Fraud? Common types of retail/return fraud include: According to a […]
Shoplifting Prevention Technology Mistakes
Shoplifting causes shrink for companies that is difficult to contend with financially. According to the National Retail Security Survey, U.S. retailers lost an estimated $46.8 billion to theft in 2017 alone. Businesses are increasingly using theft prevention technology to boost profits. Some of these new shoplifting prevention technologies use computers, software and machines to detect […]