Call now to get started on your FREE case review!(480) 331-7568

What NOT To Do When Attempting to Shoplift

Monday / March 28, 2016

Did you read this story from the Huffington Post about the World’s Worst Burglar? This would-be burglar pulled and pulled and pulled on a door at a Chicago bar for seven full minutes. Even though it wasn’t locked, he could not get the door open…because it was a PUSH not a PULL.  We’ve all been there – although probably not when attempting to commit a crime.



Humor aside, shoplifting is a serious offense – if you’ve been arrested or charged it’s important to have an experienced Arizona shoplifting attorney on your side. Punishments can be harsh and a theft conviction can make life very difficult when it comes to finding work or even being admitted to schools.


Theft crimes in Arizona range from simple misdemeanors to serious felonies. Convictions of these crimes can lead to sentences that include time in jail as well as expensive fines and other penalties.


In Arizona, you can be charged with shoplifting if you attempt any of the following:

  • Removing merchandise without paying for the item
  • Altering or removing a price tag
  • Concealing or removing merchandise from their original containers, with the intent of not paying



Penalties for shoplifting depend on the value of the goods stolen and any prior convictions. In addition to criminal charges, shoplifters can face civil suits by victimized merchants for money damages.


Sentences and punishments for a shoplifting conviction vary depending on the value of merchandise:

  • Less than $1,000 – up to 6 months of prison time and is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor
  • $1000-2000 – up to 1 year of prison time and is considered a Class 6 felony
  • Over $2,000 – up to 1 1/2 years of prison time and is considered a Class 5 felony



If you or someone you know is facing a shoplifting charge, be sure to call my office right away at 480-331-7568, to schedule an initial case review with an Arizona shoplifting attorney. We’ll review the facts and evidence of your case and come up with a strong defense. You’ll leave feeling confident that you’re moving in the right direction and glad you have someone in your corner protecting your rights and best interests in Arizona criminal court.

Back to Blogs