What Should I Do If My Child Is Arrested for Theft?

What Should I Do If My Child Is Arrested for Theft?
Nov 18, 2021 |

If your teenager has been caught stealing, you’re likely worried about how this situation might influence their future. Teens who are involved in minor offenses are statistically more likely to engage in major crimes and end up in prison later on in life.

As a result, parents should consider this as an opportunity to address any underlying causes of their child’s delinquent behavior in order to ensure that the child continues to have a bright future ahead. Here are some things to know if your child is facing theft charges in Texas.

Understanding Texas Theft Laws

After discovering that your child is suspected of stealing, it’s important to understand how Texas shoplifting laws are most likely to apply. This helps you gain a better understanding of the charges they’re facing and start thinking about defense strategies.

Shoplifting falls within the Texas Penal Code’s general definition of theft, which is the unauthorized appropriation of goods with the goal of stripping the owner of their possessions. Possession of tools that facilitate shoplifting is likewise prohibited. If convicted, a defendant may face financial restitution to the victim, fines, and potentially even jail time.


The severity of penalties a defendant will face after conviction are usually determined by the cost of the stolen goods. If the materials stolen are worth less than $100, the defendant will typically be charged with a Class C misdemeanor.

A defendant charged with a first-degree felony for stealing items worth more than $300,000 is on the extreme opposite end of the scale. Even minor infractions can have a significant impact on your future. You can rely on our lawyers to effectively fight for your child’s freedoms and best interests, despite the seriousness of the offense they have been charged with.

Was Your Child Charged With a Crime?

Contact Segura & Kiatta Criminal Defense Today

At Segura & Kiatta Criminal Defense, we provide skilled legal representation for juvenile criminal matters. We manage a variety of criminal matters, which are sometimes a client’s first encounter with the Texas legal system.

It is critical to speak with an experienced lawyer as fast as possible. When your child’s future and wellbeing is at stake, you need a trustworthy criminal defense firm that will fight for your child’s rights from start to finish.

Call today for your consultation by dialing 281.570.6400.

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