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Celebrity Shoplifting Mistakes

Thursday / September 10, 2015

Former NBA guard Rex Chapman was arrested last year for stealing more than $15,000 worth of Apple products from the company’s Scottsdale store. He then sold the merchandise to a local pawnshop and pocketed the cash. Now, a year later, he pled guilty to four felony shoplifting charges. Heading into his final hearing, his lawyers are speculating that he will get his charges reduced to misdemeanors, but be put on probation and face more than 750 hours of mandatory community service. Chapman has agreed to pay full compensation and serve his time, but his sentencing hearing will determine the penalties he receives.


Shoplifting attorneys understand clients may have substantial reasons for shoplifting. Many people find ways to justify shoplifting, especially when money is tight and security is weak. Regardless of your motives, shoplifting is a serious offense with lasting consequences. The standard consequences for shoplifting depend on the value of the stolen items, but most often include:

  • Fines
  • Probation
  • Restitution
  • Permanent damage to your criminal record
  • Jail time


If you are charged with multiple shoplifting offenses, you may even receive felony charges. It is critical to hire an experienced shoplifting attorney if you’ve been convicted of shoplifting in Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert… really anywhere in Arizona. As an experienced shoplifting attorney, I am adept at defending various theft crimes and will fight to help you avoid serious penalties and repercussions to your personal and professional life.


Shoplifting charges are often the result of a careless mistake or false accusations and it is important to get the best criminal defense attorney to represent you in such cases, to avoid wrongful incrimination. I take all aspects of the case into consideration and will fight to find firm solutions to help you avoid jail terms, fines and a life-ruining criminal record.


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