In many cases, people think of shoplifting as a petty offense which the law does not take seriously. Unfortunately, people steal merchandise from a retail store often find themselves in much more trouble than they've ever imagined. In fact, the law in Arizona treats shoplifting as a serious felony offense under many different circumstances.
When Shoplifting is a Misdemeanor:
People who enter a retail outlet and steal merchandise worth less than $1,000 are usually prosecuted for a misdemeanor offense. Conviction for a class one misdemeanor however can involve up to three years probation, six months jail and $2,500 in fines. Additionally, shoplifting is considered a "crime of dishonesty." Consequently, potential employers will undoubtedly look at this when making a decision whether to offer you a job.
Under a variety of circumstances, a simple shoplifting incident can result in you being prosecuted for a felony offense. Felony convictions can cause you to be placed on probation, spend time in jail or prison, pay significant fines and lose valuable civil rights such as the right to vote or possess a firearm. Situations where shoplifting is treated as a felony include:
- Stealing merchandise with a value greater than $1,000
- Being involved in three shoplifting incidents within a ninety day period and stealing goods valued greater than $1,500
- Committing a shoplifting offense to promote a criminal street gang or criminal syndicate
- Using any device such as a knife, razor, bag, etc. to aid in the commission of a shoplifting incident. This generally involves situations where a tool is used to remove price tags or security tags or something is used to conceal merchandise when exiting a store.
Call (480) 833-8613 for Immediate Help with Your Criminal Case
Arizona imposes very harsh penalties upon those who have been charged with shoplifting. Aside from fines, probation, jail or prison terms, a conviction can result in the denial or revocation of a fingerprint clearance card and ultimate loss of employment. Raymond A Kimble is an Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney who has been representing people charged with shoplifting crimes for nearly twenty years. Mr. Kimble is a former felony prosecutor and was also a police officer and detective for approximately ten years.
Raymond Kimble regularly practices in the superior courts, justice courts and city courts throughout Maricopa and Pinal Counties. If you have been arrested or are facing a misdemeanor or felony charge, call Raymond Kimble today at (480) 833-8613 for a free consultation.