To many, a shoplifting charge may seem like something that will just go away or be overlooked by potential employers, schools or professional licensing boards. However, this is rarely, if ever, the case in today’s world.
It is better for you to understand what the charges mean and what the potential punishments are for being found guilty. Speak with a skilled criminal defense attorney who has experience dealing with property crimes at Ryan Garvey Attorneys in a free 30-minute consultation before you do anything to incriminate yourself.
Most charges depend on the value of the item that was allegedly taken or not paid for in full. To get a better understanding of values and charges, read on:
If the value is less than $1,000, it is a class 1 misdemeanor. This can mean six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500, firearms are a class 6 felony and can mean a year in prison for a first offender
For property worth over $2,000, it’s a class 5 felony and can mean 1 1/2 years in prison for a first offense. There are special considerations for vehicle theft.
The value of the property is the total value of all items allegedly taken or not paid in full. This means if there are three items each worth $350, that is over $1,000 and will likely be charged as a class 6 felony.
Concealing, changing the price tag, removing the display, putting the item in a different box or using a device that disables a store’s anti-shoplifting safeguard and also increases the charges and the penalties.
If you have a criminal record that includes theft burglary or robbery this will also negatively impact the charges and increase the jail time and fines.
Aggravating circumstances can increase the penalties. These circumstances can include the theft being part of gang activity or a “continuing criminal episode” over the course of 90 days. It is important to work with an attorney with a proven record of criminal defense in Phoenix for shoplifting cases.
It is the job of law enforcement and the prosecutor to attain a conviction. To do this, they will attempt to get you to incriminate yourself and admit guilt. This is why it is important to get representation right away when facing a shoplifting charge of any kind. We offer a free 30-minute consultation so that you can understand what you are specifically facing and exactly how we can help.
In this consultation, you will speak with an attorney, not an intake person. Call 602-296-3434 or reach us via website email. In Phoenix and serving clients throughout the Phoenix metro area and surrounding communities. We are reachable 24/7.
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