If this is her first offense, she can try to get a diversion program. What that means is that, if she successfully completes one year of probation, pays a fine, and doesn't get into any other trouble, at the end of that time period, the charges will be dropped. Shoplifting does not carry mandatory jail time - it's actually fairly unusual for a first offense. The fact that she's not living in Texas shouldn't affect the outcome, but it can make the logistics of probation a little trickier. That's something that her lawyer can work out with the DA.
If the DA doesn't intend to ask for jail time, she wouldn't legally be entitled to a court-appointed attorney. That's unfortunately something that she won't necessarily know until the initial appearance, so you may need to decide in advance whether to hire someone for her. Generally, a court-appointed attorney is every bit as competent as a private attorney - they just chose to work in public service. However, they don't choose their cases, so if you call around, you could try to find someone that primarily handles these types of cases. Fees vary drastically by location, so you may want to call around. A good place to look is http://www.martindale.com
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