Shoplifting is a misdemeanor offense in Arizona, if less than $1000 is taken, and carries a maximum penalty of 6 months jail and a $2500 fine. Shoplifting can also be charged as a felony. For example being caught shoplifting numerous times can lead to felony charges – even if it is for a small amount of merchandise. Typically loss prevention or store security are the ones to initiate contact with a shoplifter.
If you are interviewed by store security, remember that you do not have to answer their questions or give them any information whatsoever. Any information they gather from you can readily be shared with third parties and/or used against you. Also, if you are caught shoplifting, the store may seek civil damages against you for the amount of the goods or $250 dollars plus the damages to the owner.
Have more questions regarding a shoplifting charge? Contact criminal defense attorney Jeremy Geigle for a free consultation regarding your question.