Understanding Penalties for Retail Theft
Shoplifting typically falls under the category of petit larceny. It specifically refers to stealing merchandise from a shop or store. It is a misdemeanor offense as long as the value of the merchandise is less than $1,000.
When it is valued at $1,000 or more, such as jewelry or electronic components, it becomes grand larceny and the penalties are significantly more. Jail time up to a year is the penalty for the shoplifting as petit larceny and prison time up to 12 years for grand larceny.
Shoplifting will go on your record and can negatively impact employment opportunities as well as other things. You do not want this on your record. We have handled many shoplifting cases in our experience as criminal lawyers. We've seen situations where a person unconsciously walked out of a store without paying for something and was charged with shoplifting. It happens.
Factually, if the prosecution can show willful concealment of the item and intent to deprive the owner of the item or payment, you can be charged with shoplifting without ever leaving the store. A skilled criminal attorney can help. It is often possible to get charges dropped completely or penalties reduced.
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