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Shoplifting is the crime of stealing an item from a store that is open for business. This theft offense can include physically removing the item for the store without paying for it, changing or altering price tags, switching the contents of a box or container, and hiding merchandise while checking out with other items. Shoplifting can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony depending on the amount and value of the items stolen. A conviction in a shoplifting case, even if the item taken was less than $20, will result in a criminal record that can impact future job options and educational opportunities.
Many people think of shoplifting as a minor offense, but there can be serious consequences if there is a guilty verdict in the case. Contact a Scottsdale criminal defense attorney if you or a loved one has been charged with shoplifting for valuable counsel regarding your legal situation. A skilled lawyer will review police procedures to determine if any search and seizure other laws were violated, and look for weaknesses in the prosecution's case in order to build a strong defense.
The penalties for misdemeanor shoplifting can include probation for as long as 3 years, up to six months in jail and fines. Shoplifted items valued at over $1,000 can result in imprisonment for a year or more if the crime is charged as a felony. Various factors will be looked at in the case, including:
The Law Offices of Randolph D. Toscano, PLLC is highly experienced in criminal defense, including shoplifting cases. My firm will negotiate with the prosecution for reduced charges and, where appropriate, request a diversion program to prevent a trial. Contact a Scottsdale Shoplifting Attorney to discuss defense strategies if you have been charged with shoplifting.
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