Thank you for the information and your question. I am not exactly sure what you mean by obligated, but I can tell you what can happen if you do leave the country. If you are not charged yet, and the State does decide to file criminal
charges because they have enough evidence, they can issue a warrant for your arrest that will remain in effect indefinitely until you are arrested or turn yourself in. Although there are some criminal charges that result in extradition from a foreign country against the will of the accused, this is not one of those kinds of charges, so the State would just keep the warrant in effect. That would also stop the tolling of the statute of limitations as long as you were out of the State, not just the country. So, theoretically, 40 years from now if you went back to Texas, they could try you for the crime.
If you have already been charged and leave the country, then the only difference is that you will have an additional charge added for fleeing the jurisdiction, or a similar charge, in addition to any theft charge. However, if you are charged and already arraigned, meaning you have entered a plea, then the State could actually try you in absentia. That is unusual, but it can happen.
So, no one can make you come back unless they come and get you but if you do leave, there will be a warrant out for your arrest until you are arrested or turn yourself in.
Let me know if you need any clarification. I would be glad to assist you further if I can.
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