How can I be punished for shoplifting?

When individuals are faced with charges of shoplifting, they can face serious consequences. Shoplifting is a crime. It should not be taken lightly. Depending on the specific situation, it could lead to a variety of changes that could alter your life. For shoplifting charges, the penalties mostly depend on the value of the item that was stolen. Shoplifting is also known as larceny.

If property is valued at $1,000 or less, this is known as petit larceny. With this value of stolen property, individuals may face a class A misdemeanor. Fines can go up to $1,000 and there is a possibility of jail time up to a year.

Fourth degree offense

Merchandise that was valued between $1,000  and $3,000 may result in a fourth degree offense. The individual may face a fine up to $5,000 or up to double the offender’s gain from the act. There is also a possibility for jail time up to four years.

Third degree offense

If merchandise is valued between $3,000 and $50,000, this can be considered a third degree offense. With this charge, individuals may overwhelming fines due to this class D felony. They can face imprisonment up to seven years.

Second degree offense

When the allegedly stolen merchandise is valued over $50,000, it can be considered a second degree offense. Due to the rise in value, the fines and jail time may increase as well. Jail time can reach up to 15 years while fines can become even more overwhelming. This is a class C felony.

First degree offense

If property is valued to be over $1 million, this form of grand larceny is a class B felony. It can include up to 25 years of imprisonment.

Due to the varying consequences involved with shoplifting charges, contacting a lawyer would be in your best interest. Our attorneys can help protect you during this process. We want to make sure you are not given severe consequences that could be life-altering. Contact us for a consultation to improve your situation.

Contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway to review your case and effectively defend you from criminal charges. Our legal team will explore all legal defenses to alleviate the impact of your offense and conclude your matter in the best possible way. If you need our experienced and skilled legal services, contact the Law Office of Kevin T. Conway today.