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Dedicated Defense Against Theft & Shoplifting Charges in Georgia

Theft, robbery, and shoplifting are often used interchangeably, though the offenses are distinct and incur different penalties. In Georgia, shoplifting refers to stealing merchandise products from a retail store. Shoplifting is one of the most common forms of theft throughout the country, and the harshness of the penalties reflect the nationwide attempt to limit its prevalence.

If you or a loved one are facing a shoplifting charge in Savannah, contact Schneider Lerch Bronston, LLC. Our lawyers can provide you with the experienced, professional defense you need to fight your case and redeem your freedom.

Contact Schneider Lerch Bronston, LLC to begin with a free consultation with a shoplifting attorney near you. 

What Counts as Shoplifting?

Shoplifting is recognized as taking merchandise from a store without paying for it. However, it’s important to note that additional practices could qualify as shoplifting, including:

  • Swapping the tags of two items to charge a different price
  • Moving merchandise into different packaging
  • Altering the price tag to change the price
  • Any act that causes the merchandise to be sold at a price other than what the store intended

Even if the person goes through the checkout line and pays for the item, if it is not the amount the store intended it to be sold at, it can qualify as shoplifting.

What Are the Penalties for Shoplifting in Georgia?

When found guilty of shoplifting in Georgia, the person is charged based on the value of the item they stole. For property less than $500, the person is subject to a misdemeanor conviction resulting in a fine up to $1,00 and/or up to one year in jail. The case becomes a felony punishable by one to ten years in jail if:

  • The property is worth $500 or more
  • The property was stolen from three separate stores in the same county within three days and the aggregate value exceeds $500 or more
  • It is the person's fourth on subsequent conviction

Defenses Against Shoplifting

As soon as you contact our shoplifting attorneys, we will begin reviewing your case and crafting a powerful defense. Some common arguments that we may be able to apply to your case include:

  • You have been mistaken with another individual and are innocent
  • The property you were accused of stealing was something you already owned
  • You were unaware that the price was fraudulently changed

Each case is unique, and so is our defense in response to it. If you’re facing a shoplifting charge, call Schneider Lerch Bronston, LLC for immediate legal assistance from a dedicated and experienced shoplifting lawyer.

For more information, call our Savannah shoplifting lawyers today: (912) 417-5008.

Georgia Shoplifting FAQ

Can I be charged with shoplifting if I didn't leave the store with the merchandise?

Yes, you can be charged with shoplifting in Georgia even if you did not leave the store with the merchandise. Concealing items with the intent to take them without paying constitutes shoplifting under Georgia law.

Will I have a criminal record if I'm convicted of shoplifting in Georgia?

Yes, a shoplifting conviction in Georgia will result in a criminal record. This can have long-term consequences, including difficulty finding employment, housing, or obtaining professional licenses.

Can a shoplifting charge be expunged from my record in Georgia?

In some cases, a shoplifting conviction in Georgia may be eligible for expungement, which means it will be removed from your criminal record. Eligibility requirements vary, so it's best to consult with an attorney to explore your options.

What should I do if I've been charged with shoplifting in Georgia?

If you've been charged with shoplifting in Georgia, it's important to seek legal representation from an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can help protect your rights, guide you through the legal process, and work towards the best possible outcome for your case.

Can I be charged with shoplifting if it was a misunderstanding or mistake?

It's possible to be charged with shoplifting in Georgia even if it was a misunderstanding or mistake. However, your intent is a crucial factor in determining guilt. An experienced attorney can help present your case and potentially mitigate the charges or penalties based on the circumstances.

Is there a statute of limitations for shoplifting charges in Georgia?

In Georgia, there is typically a statute of limitations for bringing criminal charges, including shoplifting. However, the specific time limit can vary depending on factors such as the value of the stolen merchandise and whether it constitutes a misdemeanor or felony offense

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