Even though shoplifting might seem like a common, relatively harmless crime, a conviction can result in serious penalties. It is wise to contact a skilled defense lawyer no matter the value of the item or if you were falsely accused of shoplifting. In these situations, it is crucial to protect yourself.
At The Law Offices of John Phebus, our Glendale shoplifting defense lawyers have extensive experience guiding clients through the often-complex legal process. Whether you have been accused of shoplifting in a retail store, grocery store, shopping mall, strip mall or convenience store, you need a knowledgeable defender. You will likely face penalties such as fines, restitution, jail time and community service depending on your criminal record and certain circumstances in your case.
Store theft, retail theft or shoplifting is typically committed by young adults or juvenile defenders. Often, the theft was committed as a prank, on a dare or a simple one-time error in judgment. It is our goal to protect your child against the full force of the criminal justice system and minimize the severity of the penalties he or she faces. We understand that good people make poor choices, we strive to ensure they don’t pay for those mistakes for years to come.
Penalties for Shoplifting in Arizona
Consequences for shoplifting and other types of theft depend on several factors, including the value of the property that is stolen.
Property stolen with a value of less than $1,000 is punishable with up to 6 months of prison time.
Property stolen with a value of at least $1,000 and up to $2,000 is a felony punishable by 6 months to 1.5 years of prison time.
Stolen items valued over $2,000 and less than $3,000 can result in up to 2 years of prison time.
Property valued at $4,000 up to $25,000 could lead to imprisonment for 2.5 years or up to 7 years.
Over $25,000 worth of stolen property is punishable by 4 to 10 years of prison time.
If the circumstances involved in the shoplifting involve the use of firearms or violence, the charges and penalties may be more severe. Contact a Glendale criminal defense lawyer to help you defend your theft charges.
Contact Our Firm In The Glendale And Peoria Areas
If you have questions regarding shoplifting defense, schedule a free consultation with our Glendale shoplifting defense attorneys at The Law Offices of John Phebus. Our firm can be reached by calling 623-847-7117 or by completing our online contact form. Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Evening and weekend appointments are available based on the needs of our clients.