Shoplifting Attorney in Dallas, GA
Have you been arrested for shoplifting?
Shoplifting is one of the most common types of theft crimes committed in Georgia and throughout the country. The majority of shoplifting cases are charged as petty theft crimes, as they involve merchandise valued at less than $300. The penalties for shoplifting are different, however, than other theft crimes.
When the merchandise that was taken is valued at less than $300, the shoplifter will be facing misdemeanor charges. In cases where the value of the merchandise exceeds $300, you have had three prior convictions for shoplifting, or you take taken merchandise with a total value of $100 from three different stores within a seven day period, then you will be facing felony charges.
A felony shoplifting conviction carries a mandatory 1-10 year sentence. If your intention is to take an item without paying for it in full, you are in fact depriving the store's owner of some or all of the item's value.
- This can be done in numerous ways including but not limited to:
- concealing the goods in your bag or on your person
- altering the price tag
- switching price tags from one item to another
- transferring the contents of one container to another
- intentionally causing the wrong price to be charged
- simply walking out the door with the unpaid item
If you, or someone you love, has been arrested and charged with shoplifting, you need to consult with a Dallas, GA criminal defense lawyer from the firm as soon as possible. Before speaking to anyone else, contact the firm so that they can advise you of your legal rights, review the charges and evidence against you and begin working to craft the hard-hitting defense you need.
Store owners and law enforcement officials will rarely show any leniency to shoplifters, because they believe that pressing charges and getting a conviction will help deter others from shoplifting.
Shoplifting Lawyer Serving Atlanta, Dallas and West Georgia
Unlike robbery, shoplifting is a relatively non-violent crime. Individuals who shoplift tend to avoid direct contact with store employees, or they attempt to distract employees in an effort to remove or take merchandise from the store undetected.
Despite this fact, it will take an experienced lawyer, one who is well-versed in shoplifting and other theft crimes to provide you with the insightful, effective defense you need. Without a knowledgeable lawyer to defend you against shoplifting charges, you can expect to be facing fines, restitution, probation and mandatory jail time.
With many years of experience, Howard Law Group knows what it takes to represent clients facing shoplifting and other theft crimes charges. The firm is always prepared to fight in court to protect the rights of a client. In instances where going to trial is not in the client's best interest, the firm is dedicated to negotiating effective out-of-court case resolutions.
If you have been arrested or charged with shoplifting, you need to contact a Dallas , Georgia shoplifting attorney from the firm immediately and schedule a confidential consultation to review your case.