Shoplifting

If you have been charged with shoplifting in Arizona you are facing a very serious crime and penalties that include fines and jail time. Businesses can also sue alleged shoplifters (and their parents or legal guardians) in civil court in an attempt to recover their losses.

Because of the nature of shoplifting charges and the broad definition of shoplifting under Arizona law, consulting with a shoplifting attorney is going to be the best thing you can do as you seek to minimize consequences and reduce charges.

 

Shoplifting Attorney Kyle T. Green

 

I have been handling shoplifting cases my entire criminal defense career. My time as a prosecutor gave me insight into shoplifting cases from the other side as well. I know what prosecutors are looking for and what evidence they can bring against you and your case.

 

During your free consultation we will review the charges and the evidence against you, exploring your defense and legal options. Above all, I work to protect your interests in your Arizona shoplifting case, working tirelessly to reach your desired outcome and keeping  you informed through each stage of the process.

 

What is shoplifting in Arizona?

 

Shoplifting in Arizona includes:

  • Removing good from business without paying the purchase price
  • Paying less for the purchase price by removing or changing price tags
  • Concealing merchandise with the intent to remove from the store

 

Penalties for Shoplifting in Arizona

 

Criminal penalties for shoplifting charges depend on the value and type of shoplifted goods. The court will also take any prior criminal convictions into consideration. The below chart does not include the civil suit damages business owners can seek as well.

 

Item valued at < $1,000 (excluding firearms)

  • Class 1 misdemeanor
  • Up to six months in jail, $2,500 maximum fine, and up to three years of probation

 

Item valued between $1,000 and $2,000 (excluding firearms)

  • Class 6 felony
  • Six months to a year and a half in jail, fines up to $150,000, and up to three years of probation

 

Firearms

  • Class 6 felony
  • Six months to a year and a half in jail, fines up to $150,000, and up to three years of probation

 

Item> $2,000, shoplifting during any criminal episode or shoplifting to promote criminal gangs or syndicates

  • Class 5 felony
  • Nine months to two years in jail, fines up to $150,000, and up to three years of probation

 

Using device or container with intent to facilitate shoplifting

  • Class 4 felony
  • One and a half to three years in jail, fines up to $150,000, and up to three years of probation

 

Shoplifting after committing or being convicted of two or more theft charges within the past five years

  • Class 4 felony
  • One and a half to three years in jail, fines up to $150,000, and up to three years of probation

 

Facing Shoplifting Charges?

 

If you are facing shoplifting criminal or civil charges, contact me for a free case review. Same or next day consultations are often available, meaning you can rest easy knowing someone is working on your case and defending your rights. If you have been charged with shoplifting in Tempe or the surrounding area, contact me at 480-331-7568 and let’s get to work on your case.