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What Is Shoplifting?

A person commits shoplifting in Arizona if, while in an establishment in which merchandise is displayed for sale, the person knowingly obtains such goods of another with the intent to deprive that person of such goods by:

  • Removing any of the goods from the immediate display or from any other place within the establishment without paying the purchase price
  • Charging the purchase price of the goods to a fictitious person or any person without that person’s authority
  • Paying less than the purchase price of the goods by some trick or artifice such as altering, removing, substituting or otherwise disfiguring any label, price tag or marking
  • Transferring the goods from one container to another
  • Concealment

Possible Sentences You Could Face

The classification of filing is based on the value of the stolen property.

  • If the value of the stolen item(s) is more than $2,500 = up to two-year prison term with eligibility for probation if it is the first offense
  • If the value of the stolen item(s) is more than $1,000, but less than $2,000 = up to a 1.5-year prison term with eligibility for probation if it is the first offense
  • If the value of the stolen item(s) is less than $1,000 = up to a six-month jail sentence with three years of probation and steep fines

Guarding Against The Consequences Of A Shoplifting Conviction

What may seem like a minor offense can lead to steep, long-lasting consequences. At Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC, we understand what is at stake. With almost 40 years of combined experience, we will thoroughly investigate your case to protect you rights and your future.

There are several defenses we can potentially use to fight shoplifting charges, including Miranda rights violations, denial of rights to counsel and more.

Let A Former Prosecutor Fight For You

Attorney Alex Lane worked as a prosecutor for three years and has a thorough understanding of how police and prosecutors work. He will bring this knowledge to help defend you in your case.

Schedule A Free Consult With Us Today

When you face shoplifting charges, much is at stake. You need an aggressive, knowledgeable attorney to defend you and your rights.

Call us at 480-498-5290 or email us to schedule a free consultation at our Phoenix office. We offer payment plans and accept credit card payments.