Believe it or not, you can be charged with a Class 4 felony for shoplifting in the state of Arizona. Charges can range from a misdemeanor to a felony based on the circumstances of the case, including the value of the stolen property and the suspect’s prior offenses. In some cases, if the value of the property is over $2000, the suspect could face up to 2 years in prison for shoplifting.
When we think of shoplifting, it’s easy to think of a kids taking candy from a convenience store. But shoplifting can be and has been committed by people of all ages and for property worth a considerable amount of money. Shoplifting is, in essence stealing. In the state of Arizona, charges of theft are not treated lightly. Prosecutors and courts will press hard to see suspects of shoplifting punished fairly and quickly to ensure they don’t go on to commit more serious crimes.
Arizona laws give 5 common situations of when shoplifting can be charged as a felony:
1. When the value of the stolen property is $2000 or more
2. If the shoplifting was connected to gang activity
3. If the incident occurred during a “continual criminal episode”
4. Using any device or instrument to commit the crime
5. Having 2 or more previous shoplifting or theft related convictions within the last 5 years
The punishment for shoplifting in Arizona can range from community service to prison time, based on the facts surrounding the case. For first time offenders, there are alternative programs that include training and community service. Speak to your lawyer about these programs to find out if you qualify. For offenders who have committed shoplifting crimes in the past, probation and anywhere from 4 months to 2 years in jail may be what the judge decides upon.
If you, or a friend or a family member, are facing shoplifting charges, the best thing you can do is contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Many shoplifting charges can be lessened with right attorney in your corner. Charlie Naegle is experienced with the court system and understands the mentality of the judges and prosecutors involved. He can use his experience to either knock your charges down to lesser charges or work with the prosecution to lessen your punishment.
Call Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys today to set up your free consultation. Charlie will take the time to listen and investigate the details of your case and help you see the possible outcome.