Can I get out of a shoplifting charge if I've already admitted to the store's security that I came with that plan/intention?

Asked about 1 year ago - Austin, TX

If I got busted with $98 worth of goods in my purse at Walmart and stupidly admitted that they I came there with the plan/intention to shoplift, and police threatened to impound my car if I didn't tell them the name of my accomplice (who got away)... saying I could "make it easy" or "make it hard" on myself (by answering them)... would that kind of threatening be grounds for the case to be dismissed, or at least for my admission to be disregarded as being under duress?

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  1. Parker Price Polan

    Contributor Level 13


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . There are a few options available in Travis County that would allow you not to take a conviction on this theft charge. Contact a local attorney for some advice.

  2. Macy Michelle Jaggers


    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . There may be a few different ways to get the case dismissed, but it won't have anything to do with those statements. You need an experienced attorney to walk you through this.

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  3. Michael Andrew Garbe


    Contributor Level 9


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    Answered . Your statements will not assist you in getting the theft charge dismissed. You need to hire an attorney as theft convictions can have very serious long-term consequences. There may be options available to keep this off your record.

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  4. Victor Varga Ghaemmaghami

    Contributor Level 4

    Answered . An experienced criminal defense attorney can and should motion the judge in your case to suppress the confession on whatever ground(s) he or she feels has the highest chance of success (i.e. Miranda, undue and unlawful duress, etc.). Ultimately, the decision will rest with the judge and will depend on facts specific to your case.

    Separate and apart from what you said to a cop or Walmart employee, I highly recommend that you consult an experienced criminal defense attorney in Travis County. Theft is considered a "crime of moral turpitude," and in the eyes of many employers it carries a negative stigma much more serious than other class b misdemeanors. A criminal defense attorney familiar with Travis County may be able to pursue a number of options on your behalf, and in so doing may be successful in keeping a theft conviction off of your criminal record.

    The Law Office of Victor Ghaemmaghami, PLLC
    PO Box 14045
    Austin, TX 78761
    Phone: 512-650-4106

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