Retail theft, or shoplifting, in Arizona could involve anything from switching price tags to hiding and stealing merchandise. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accusation, shoplifting could be charged as a Class 1 misdemeanor all the way up to a Class 4 felony. If someone is convicted of shoplifting, on top of the criminal penalties they could face, they could also be sued for the amount they were said to have stolen.
Potential Sentences for a Shoplifting Conviction
A shoplifting charge would be a Class 1 misdemeanor if someone is said to have stolen less than $1,000 worth of items (as long as none of those items is a firearm). A conviction could mean up to six months in jail, $2,500 in fines, and three years of probation. The retail
theft charge becomes a
Class 6 felony, however, if someone is charged with stealing a gun or lifting items worth $1,000 to $2,000. The penalties upon conviction could include a prison sentence of six months to 1.5 years, up to three years' probation, and up to $150,000 in fines.
A Class 5 felony shoplifting charge means that someone is being accused of taking items worth $2,000 or more, or stealing on behalf of a gang or criminal syndicate. The penalties for this conviction could lead to nine months to two years in prison, three years of
probation, and $150,000 in fines. Finally, a
Class 4 felony could come when someone is accused of using any tool or item in order to shoplift, or when someone faces another shoplifting charge after having been convicted of two or more shoplifting,
robbery charges within the past 5 years. This carries the potential for 1.5 to three years in prison, three years of probation, and $150,000 in fines.
Possible Defenses Against These Penalties
With the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney, however, you may be able to go through a diversion program or to get a plea bargain. For those charged with a low-level or first-time offense, a diversion program could mean things like community service and restitution, and once all the conditions are performed, the criminal charges would be dropped. There would be no facing a conviction or any criminal penalties. This includes evading the penalty of a criminal conviction on your personal record. When a diversion program is not available, a plea bargain could mean a lesser charge or a lighter sentence.
Learn how you may be able to fight against these theft charges when you contact the Law Offices of Joshua S. Davidson. Our Phoenix criminal defense lawyer has
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