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Shoplifting Laws in Georgia

Have you been charged with shoplifting? You should understand the severity of this crime and learn how it can impact your future. Shoplifting refers to the stealing of goods from a retail store. The crime of shoplifting is classified as a type of theft offense. Most often, shoplifting is a juvenile crime, but adults are also arrested for this action. You can either be charged with petty theft or grand theft depending on the value of goods that has allegedly been stolen. Petty theft refers to items or currency that is of little value. Grand theft is charged when the value of stolen currency or items are worth a great amount.

Legal Guidance from Richmond Hill & Hinesville Criminal Defense Attorneys

If you or a loved one is charged with shoplifting, you should speak with a Richmond Hill criminal defense lawyer from our firm. At Balbo & Gregg, Attorneys at Law, PC, your case is in good hands. We know that a conviction for shoplifting can affect your life in a serious manner. You can face jail time, receive probation, and be made to pay expensive court fines. In many cases, you will be ordered to pay restitution to the merchant for the alleged offense. If your child is convicted of shoplifting, you can be required to pay restitution to the merchant.

Shoplifting is an act of taking retail merchandise and it can occur in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Altering the price tag
  • Concealing the good
  • Transferring goods between containers
  • Interchanging price tags

Although the above list is not exhaustive, it provides a basic understanding of what actions can be considered theft. In general, intentionally and wrongfully paying less or nothing for the stated price of an item or service can be considered theft. You must discuss the charge with an attorney from our firm at your earliest convenience. Contact us today!

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

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