by Richard Jones  - May 23, 2023

What Should You Do If You Shoplifted And Get A Letter From The Store?

– RJ, Texas


Many stores will send a demand letter asking for payment if you have been caught shoplifting. They will send the letter even if you were not charged. Do not pay them.

If you have a criminal case, paying them might be an admission of guilt. It is illegal to offer to drop charges in exchange for payment. If you haven’t been charged you need to contact an experienced criminal lawyer immediately.

If you have been charged you need to provide a copy of the letter to your attorney immediately. A plea on even a small theft charge can haunt you for the rest of your life.

If you’ve received a letter like this, or have been charged with shoplifting, why not call an Austin Shoplifting Defense Attorney and get your questions answered for free.

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Richard Jones

Austin criminal defense attorney Richard Jones. This legal practice is dedicated to helping individuals like you—those caught in the crosshairs of criminal allegations and in dire need of dependable legal counsel. Richard also proficient in handling allegations related to theft crimes and is prepared to assist you during this stressful time.