There are dozens of shoplifting arrests every single year. Some of these cases are prosecuted in municipal courts, like Newnan Municipal Court or Grantville Municipal Court. Others are prosecuted on the county level, whether it be in Coweta State Court or even in some cases in Coweta Superior Court.

Shoplifting can range in severity from a city ordinance violation to a felony charge, so it’s important to get a skilled theft attorney early on. In addition, because shoplifting requires the act of stealing, it is considered a crime of moral turpitude and can have a substantial negative impact on immigration status. Do not let your case fall to the prosecution. Let a Newnan shoplifting lawyer assist you through the criminal process.

What does it Mean to Shoplift?

Shoplifting can be committed in five different ways. The first is the most common and what you likely think of when you think of shoplifting. It requires that someone takes possession of or hides things from a store, intending to take them from the owner. It is important to note here that it is not required that you actually make it out of the store.

The second scenario involves altering a price tag. Perhaps putting a discount sticker on the item and then checking out, or something similar.

Third, if you move merchandise from one container to another, it may be considered shoplifting. For instance, if you put expensive shoes into a shoebox that was holding cheap shoes and then check out for the cheaper price, then you could be charged with shoplifting and should contact a lawyer in Newnan.

The next way to commit shoplifting is to switch price tags on merchandise. So, for instance, if you attach a price tag for a cheaper item onto the item for which you would like to buy and then pay the reduced price you could be charged with shoplifting.

Finally, state law has sort of a “catch-all” clause that states anyone can be charged with shoplifting if they “wrongfully cause the amount to be paid less than the merchant’s stated price for the merchandise.” Essentially if you get a lower price by some “wrong” action, you can be charged.

Penalties for Shoplifting in Newnan

Generally, if the value of the property taken was $500 or less then the accused is only facing misdemeanor charges. Upon a second conviction, however, the minimum fine is $500. If you are convicted of shoplifting for the third time, you may be facing some sort of more serious punishment. It may be time in jail, time in the probation detention center, or on house arrest.

Upon a fourth shoplifting conviction, the accused faces a minimum of one year in prison, so having an attorney in Newnan is necessary to fight any charges.

Contact a Newnan Shoplifting Attorney

If you have been charged with theft by shoplifting, give a Newnan shoplifting lawyer a call today and let us get started working on your defense. You deserve to have your side of the story told. Call today.