There are few things more humiliating than being arrested for a crime, such as shoplifting. Many people plead guilty, hoping the charge will just go away. Unfortunately, pleading guilty will have the opposite effect, resulting in a permanent criminal record. To minimize the impact of the arrest on your life, you should talk to an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible.
Shoplifting less than $100 in merchandise is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and up to a $500 fine. However, the potential consequences quickly escalate if the items you are accused of taking are more expensive. Shoplifting $100 to $1000 in merchandise is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 18 months in jail and up to a $500 fine. Shoplifting more than $1000 is a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10000 fine. The value of the item you are accused of stealing is determined by its retail price, not what the store price for the item.
If this is your first shoplifting offense, you may be eligible for probation before judgment, which can resolve the charges without the stigma of a conviction. If you successfully complete the terms of the probation, you can answer "no" if you are on a job interview.
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