Shoplifting Defense Lawyer
Shoplifting Charges in Forsyth County
theft by shoplifting law, the crime of shoplifting can be a
misdemeanor or felony charge, depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime
committed. Georgia's code, Section 16-8-14, is the shoplifting statute
that lays out how this crime is committed and the range of punishment
for shoplifting charges.
In order to be guilty of shoplifting, you must have the intent of taking
merchandise without paying for it, or with the intention to deprive the
owner of the merchandise. Concealing or taking possession of merchandise
(even while remaining in the store), altering a price tag on merchandise,
transferring goods from one container to another, interchanging price
tags, or wrongfully causing the amount you pay for merchandise to be less
than the stated price are all ways to violate the shoplifting law. It
is not necessary to have successfully taken goods and made it outside
the confines of the store in order to commit the crime of shoplifting.
At Zeliff | Watson, we have over 16 years of experience in defending
shoplifting and related theft cases. Through a proactive approach, we
are able to work with our clients towards reaching the best outcome possible
in defending shoplifting cases. For some, the prospect of incarceration
can be devastating and it becomes vital, therefore, that a knowledgeable
criminal defense attorney from our firm takes a hard-hitting approach
to your defense.
Forsyth County Shoplifting Penalties
In Forsyth County, shoplifting items with a value of $500 or less is a
misdemeanor crime. If the value exceeds $500, then your shoplifting charges
will be considered felonies. Additionally, if you have a prior record
for shoplifting, the punishments will increase. It is a minimum fine of
$500 for a second offense, at least 30 days imprisonment for a 3rd offense.
A fourth shoplifting conviction is a felony, carrying a one year minimum
prison sentence that cannot be suspended, probated, or otherwise reduced.
Prosecutors take shoplifting crimes seriously and your liberty is at stake
if convicted of a shoplifting offense.
If you have been charged with a shoplifting crime, call us today to set
up a time to speak about the defenses and possible programs available
to you in resolving your charges. Depending on the court and your record,
possibilities may range from a pretrial diversion program to securing
a probated sentence.
To understand the possible defenses and programs available to you for a
contact a shoplifting defense lawyer