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Shoplifting Defense in Boca Raton

Arrested for shoplifting? Contact Me For Aggressive Defense

Shoplifting is a serious theft offense in Florida and there are harsh consequences that follow a conviction. Another consequence that can come with a shoplifting conviction, other than the criminal penalties, is a lawsuit from the merchant. The victim of the shoplifting offense can also sue the shoplifter for damages. When it comes to the criminal penalties, they will vary according to the value of the property that is involved in the offense. Generally if the property is under $300, the offense will be a misdemeanor with smaller fines and less jail time. Seek help from a criminal defense lawyer in Boca Raton if you are facing shoplifting charges.

Criminal Penalties for Shoplifting in Florida

If the property involved is valued under $100, the penalties that may follow are fines of up to $500 and jail time for up to 60 days. This is considered petty theft in the second degree which is a 2nd Degree Misdemeanor in Florida. First degree petty theft is charged as a 1st Degree Misdemeanor and is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. This charge may follow a shoplifting offense that involves property valued between $100 and $300. This charge may also come about if the property is valued under $1000 and there is a previous conviction of theft involved. Felony shoplifting penalties include:

Third Degree Felony: follows a grand theft in the third degree offense, which means the property is valued between $300 and $20,000 or is a firearm.

  • Up to $5,000 in fines
  • Prison time for up to five years

Second Degree Felony: follows a second degree grand theft offense, which means the property is valued between $20,000 and $100,000.

  • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • Prison time for up to 15 years

First Degree Felony: follows a first degree grand theft offense, which means the property is valued more than $100,000.

  • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • Prison time for up to 30 years

What constitutes shoplifting?

Shoplifting is generally thought to just be taking property out of a retail store without paying for it. This is one way to commit a shoplifting offense, but there are many more. You may be facing the risk of a shoplifting conviction if you did any of the following with the intent to deprive the merchant of the full retail value:

  • Carried property out of the store
  • Changing the price tag on an item
  • Changing the container that an item is in
  • Taking a shopping cart

The Law Offices of Richard Tendler Can Help Fight Shoplifting Charges

If you are facing any type of theft crime charges, contact me right away. I can help you build a solid defense in order to avoid the serious criminal penalties as well as a lawsuit in civil court. Call my firm today to schedule a consultation for your case.

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