Female Shoplifting and Depression – A Link?

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By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal


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I’m not a psychiatrist or a psychologist.  My law license says “Counselor” and I joke that I’m not exactly sure why.

Regardless of the disclaimers, it seems to me that there may be a link between depression and theft when it comes to women.  Just in surfing the internet, there is article after article about the links between the two from medical professionals and non-professionals alike.  Even Winona Ryder, famed shoplifter from 2001, suffered from depression and anxiety disorders.

Putting on our lawyer’s hat, the question isn’t necessarily the same question that medical professionals may ask themselves.  The legal question is two-fold.  First, how does this apparent phenomenon translate into legal reality — and second, what are appropriate treatments assuming conventional criminal justice punishment misses the mark?

Texas Penal Code 8.01 is the insanity defense.  That statute states,

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