Shoplifting addition is a real and prevalent problem in today’s society. Click here to see a previous blog detailing the reasons behind the issue and possible treatments.
While some people shoplift because they truly cannot afford to pay for the items, some people commit the offense to relieve stress or regain control after a traumatic experience in their life.
Shoplifting Charges in AZ
A.R.S. 13-1805 states that a person commits shoplifting if, while in an establishment in which merchandise is displayed for sale, they knowingly obtain goods from the establishment with the intent to deprive the establishment of those goods by:
- Removing goods from the immediate display or from any other place within the establishment without paying the purchase price.
- Paying less than the purchase price of the goods by altering, removing, substituting, or disfiguring any label, price tag, or marking.
- Transferring goods from one container to another.
Penalties for Shoplifting in Arizona
In AZ, shoplifting is punished according to the value of the items stolen. The chart below details the charges that go along with shoplifting situations in AZ:
|Value of Stolen Goods||Charge|
|$2,000 or more||Class 5 felony|
|$1,000-$1,999.99||Class 6 felony|
|Less than $1,000||Class 1 misdemeanor|
Multiple Shoplifting Charges in AZ
Arizona law also states that a person who commits shoplifting and who has previously committed or been convicted within the past five years of two of more offenses involving burglary, shoplifting, robbery, organized retail theft, or theft is guilty of a class 4 felony.
So if you have a shoplifting addiction and are convicted of a series of theft crimes in Arizona, your charges and penalties can increase dramatically.
Are you a serial shoplifting offender in Arizona?
If you have been charged with shoplifting or other theft crimes multiple times within the past few years in AZ, it is in your best interest to retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer at JacksonWhite. Our theft crimes lawyers will work to reduce your penalties, avoid incarceration, and obtain eligibility into a rehabilitation program.
Call us today at (480) 467-4370 to schedule a free and private consultation with JacksonWhite shoplifting defense attorney, Jeremy Geigle.
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