I’m a lawyer – here’s what happens if you’re caught shoplifting at Walmart and when you should get a lawyer

A LAWYER has revealed the terrifying legal problems you could face if you are caught shoplifting at Walmart.

Although penalties vary, the store has eyes in places shoppers wouldn’t guess.


Walmart Loss Prevention Officers are authorized to detain a suspected thief until police arrive on the scene.

If someone is caught stealing merchandise from Walmart, “a loss prevention officer may reasonably detain you at the store until police arrive,” according to the emergency law firm. Lawyer 911.

The store has loss prevention teams in each store that specialize in catching thieves, the site said.

These extra eyes would be both on the ground and back looking at the cameras.

Regularly, agents are on the lookout for people who scan certain self-service or checkout items, but intentionally leave some in the cart.

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Some customers have even been bold enough to walk past the checkout and pay nothing, the site claims.

This is another case where loss prevention would come into play.

Walmart is prosecuting shoplifters, the site has warned.

Yet the site says a lawyer can make all the difference,

“A robbery conviction can not only result in a prison sentence, but it can also significantly limit your job options and impact your future opportunities,” the site says.

“An experienced shoplifting attorney can help you understand the charges against you and how you can fight them.”

“An attorney can also provide invaluable advice about your eligibility for deferred adjudication or pretrial diversion programs in your county,” the legal site continued.

They also urged to get a lawyer immediately, as these legal programs follow strict deadlines.

911 Advocate is governed by Texas law, which means theft can range from a Class C misdemeanor to a first degree felony.

The severity of the penalty depends on the value of the stolen property and what the defendant’s previous record contains.

For cost of goods under $100 and a clean criminal record, a Class C misdemeanor is the highest charge available.

A Class C has a maximum penalty of a $500 fine, according to the legal site.

More than $100 worth of stolen goods or a previous theft conviction could mean a Class B or A misdemeanor with possible jail time.

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It’s highly likely that Walmart won’t drop charges in the event of alleged shoplifting, the site said.

“Some Walmarts have been known to overzealously pursue even minor shoplifting charges.”

Jon J. Epps