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A theft class c misdemeanor in Texas is punishable by a fine of no more than $500, and does not carry a penalty for any jail time.
You have the final decision on whether you'd like to hire a lawyer, but since the infraction doesn't carry the risk of jail time, you might want to save your money and just pay the fine? Of course hiring a lawyer to fight on your behalf could possibly mean that you pay less of a fine, or no fine at all, or have the case completely dismissed. You should weigh all those factors and then decide from there whether you'd like to hire an attorney.
I hope that helps! The relevant statute is:
Tex. Pen. Code Ann. § 31.03(e)(1)(A) (theft c misdemeanor, an amount less than $50)
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