Shoplifting And Theft Have Serious Possible Penalties

When individuals are charged with shoplifting or another theft-related charge, it may be the first time they have faced serious criminal allegations. These charges can be serious if they result in a conviction. At Duke & Heath, Attorneys at Law, we act quickly to defend your rights and advocate for your interests after shoplifting and theft crimes.

Our lawyers' experience is broad, and we have helped individuals in west Georgia mitigate the consequences of a theft or shoplifting charge. Whether this is the first time you are charged or have previously faced criminal allegations, we offer the dedicated counsel you deserve to combat accusations of petty theft, grand theft and strong armed robbery.

Shoplifting And Theft Differences

Shoplifting and theft are terms that many individuals use interchangeably. From a legal perspective, they have different meaning:

  • Shoplifting: Shoplifting occurs when an individual allegedly takes property from a mercantile establishment. Shoplifting can encompass a broad range of acts, including removing the merchandise from the store or altering a price tag to lower the list price.
  • Theft: Theft is a broader classification that applies to situations outside of a mercantile establishment. For a theft to occur, it can be the act of taking another individual's property. It can also apply to situations of deceptions, extortion or knowingly receiving stolen property.

Committed To Protecting Your Freedom

The amount of property allegedly stolen will dictate whether these charges are felonies or misdemeanors. In Georgia, it only takes $500 of goods for a shoplifting charge to be a felony which carries a jail sentence that will be no less than one year and no more than 10 years. While a misdemeanor carries lighter penalties, a conviction could still leave you facing up to 12 months imprisonment.

These are serious penalties that require a dedicated defense. We will work tirelessly on your behalf to obtain a positive outcome that allows you to better move beyond these charges. Schedule a free consultation with our team in Carrollton today by calling 678-390-5577. We also welcome your questions via email.