What is the Difference Between Misdemeanor and Felony Shoplifting

Posted by Raymond Kimble | Oct 02, 2019 | 0 Comments

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.

Felony Shoplifting:

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.

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Raymond Kimble

About Raymond Kimble Attorney Raymond Kimble has built his law practice on the philosophy that each client deserves consistent individual attention. Ray realizes that being charged with a DUI or criminal offense is one of the most stressful events in a person's life. A DUI, felony or misdemeanor arrest can involve prison or jail time, probation, huge fines and a criminal record. Consequently, people who face DUI, felony or misdemeanor charges in Arizona are placed at risk of losing employment or being barred from future job opportunities. Ray works to lessen his client's anxiety by ensuring that they have direct access to him at all times and can reach him by e-mail, cell phone or text during normal business hours as well as nights or weekends if they have a pressing question or concern. Raymond Kimble is a dedicated DUI and criminal defense lawyer who has built a reputation of working tirelessly to protect his client's constitutional rights, their future and liberty. Ray strives to provide the strongest defense possible for each client despite the obstacles they may face. Put Experience to Work for You Raymond Kimble's twenty years of experience with respect to DUI, misdemeanor and felony criminal charges extends well beyond law school where he graduated within the top ten percent of his class. Ray was a police officer for ten years prior to becoming an attorney. As a police officer, Ray was trained in both DUI and criminal investigation and his personal involvement in criminal cases while a police officer certainly gives him a unique perspective when reviewing police reports, interviewing witnesses and challenging physical evidence. Ray often identifies legal issues or mistakes made by police during an investigation through his own personal experience as a patrol officer. In addition to his police experience, Raymond Kimble worked as a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office where he was responsible for prosecuting DUI, felony and misdemeanor crimes. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Ray conducted a number of jury trials and hearings related to the admissibility of evidence. Through his involvement with these cases as a prosecutor, Ray learned how to properly evaluate the strength and weaknesses of a DUI, misdemeanor or felony charge and became skilled in jury selection, argument, and the direct and cross examination of both civilian witnesses, experts and police officers. Of course, Raymond Kimble's expertise extends beyond his experience as a police officer and prosecutor. Specifically, Ray has successfully represented thousands of people during the last fifteen years throughout Maricopa County, Arizona. To best serve his Clients, Raymond remains current on changes in the law as well as police tactics by regularly attending seminars focused on defending criminal charges and reading the latest articles and books related to DUI and criminal defense. Ray also regularly writes criminal defense blogs and posts so that people faced with a criminal charge are better informed about their rights.


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