Shoplifting under Arizona can be a serious offense. Although shoplifting is generally charged by prosecutors as a misdemeanor offense, and is defined as obtaining merchandise or goods worth less than $1,000 from another with the intent to deprive that person of the merchandise by removing the goods from the establishment without paying for them, there are several circumstances that can cause shoplifting to be treated more seriously as a felony, with exposure to a prison sentence. If the item stolen is a firearm, if the shoplifting was done to assist a street gang or criminal syndicate, if the value of the goods stolen is more than $1,000, if the person uses a container or device to facilitate the theft, or if it is the person's the charged with shoplifting has any combination of 2 prior shoplifting, burglary, robbery, or theft convictions. In addition, merchants can also pursue the accused shoplifted in civil court.
If a juvenile has been accused of shoplifting, in addition to all of the criminal penalties available to a judge in the juvenile court, the juvenile's parents can be deemed responsible, and pursued in civil court, for any injury the merchant suffered by the juvenile's shoplifting.
The Law Office of Cary L. Lackey has over 15 years of experience in assisting adults and juveniles accused of shoplifting in municipal, justice, and Superior Courts. My strategy for dealing with these cases often begins with an attempt to negotiate a "diversion" offer from the prosecutors, or contact the merchant directly, to see if a "misdemeanor compromise" can be reached (where, upon a financial settlement of the merchant's injuries, the merchant agrees to sign a misdemeanor compromise in court that dismisses the case entirely).
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To talk with an experienced lawyer about the charges you face, call The Law Office of Cary L. Lackey, P.C., at 602-288-2303 or toll free outside of Arizona at 602-288-2303. You may also complete my online contact form