Shoplifting can carry some stiff penalties in the state of Arizona. What’re the consequences of stealing from a major department store? Is it worse than stealing from a local market? These are questions that seem to be on a lot of people’s minds after they’re caught shoplifting from any major retailer like Walmart.
Individuals assume they can get away with theft because of the sheer size of the establishment. These massive buildings like Walmart, Target, and Sears seem to be more at risk for petty theft than their smaller mom and pop counterparts.
In an AZ Central article from 2007, it was estimated that Walmart loses $3 billion a year from theft. Since then, Walmart has put more security staff into stores in high crime areas, and fewer in low incident areas.
Shoplifting is one of the most common crimes committed in Arizona, it’s defined as:
- Taking goods without paying for them
- Taking goods by charging someone without their permission
- Paying less than the purchase price by altering price tags or labels
- Transferring goods from “one container to another”
- Concealing goods
Simply put, an individual commits shoplifting if they knowingly take goods from another person.
Misdemeanor Shoplifting Consequences
According to A.R.S. 13-1805, any stolen property under $1000 is a misdemeanor. Unless the person steals a firearm, regardless of value, that’s automatically a class 6 felony.
For misdemeanors, first time offenders may be able to attend diversion classes or do community service in order to avoid penalties if the case is minor enough. A more serious class 1 misdemeanor could mean anywhere from zero to sixty days in jail and fines of up to $2500.
Felony Shoplifting Consequences
Shoplifting any property between $1000 and $2000 is a class 6 felony, and anything over $2000 is a Class 5 felony. Consequences will depend on the severity of the situation, but defendants can expect anywhere from 4 months to 2 years in prison for their first conviction. If this is your 2nd of 3rd felony you can expect several years in prison.
How JacksonWhite Can Help You
Shoplifting is a very common offense in Arizona, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to deal with the repercussions. JW has helped our clients have their shoplifting convictions expunged or set aside.
We approach shoplifting defense by fully exploring all legal angles available for your case and then choose the best options that will make it more likely to receive a favorable outcome. We’ve helped clients get cases dismissed or receive lessened penalties over and over again with our inclusive, exhaustive approach to defense.
Our defense attorneys are familiar with shoplifting charges for both adults and juveniles, and we can help you devise a legal plan that’s best for you.
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It all starts with your free case review, where you can get a better idea of the upcoming legal struggle. Call us today to for your no-obligation appointment with our dedicated and superior legal team.
If you need a criminal defense lawyer committed to your success then JW is here to help. Dial (480) 467-4370 to schedule your free and private consultation regarding your shoplifting case.