What happens if I am issued a criminal trespass warning but I filled out no paperwork or report and the cop didn’t show up?

I have shoplifted from a local grocery store more than once, always under $10, like a donut or a salad. I stopped shoplifting because I know I am better than that and it is behind me. Tonight, I paid for something but was still stopped while leaving. The employee said he knew my name because I have used my credit card there and he knew that I was a

Asked on April 6, 2016 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

It doesn't matter if you signed or reported anything.  What matters is that the business has told you not to return to their establishment.  The first request is a warning.  The next time you appear there, you could be arrested for criminal trespass.  If you accidentally walk out with anything that you have not paid for, they could also charge you with burglary because of the trespass warning.
Bottom line, find a new place to shop or you run the risk of another charge.


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