Shoplifting is the crime of taking goods or merchandise from a retail store without the intention of paying for them.
It is also considered shoplifting if you conceal merchandise or switch price tags while in a store. Shoplifting is known as larceny of merchandise from a retailer under Oklahoma law.
Shoplifting is often categorized as petty theft, which is a misdemeanor, because the value of the item or items is less than $500.
However, if the value of the items taken exceed $500, then it becomes grand larceny, which is a felony.
Shoplifting may seem like a minor crime, but a conviction carries the possibility of a permanent mark on your record.
If convicted, you may also have the possibility of jail time, fines, probation, community work hours, restitution, and possibly civil litigation.
If you have been charged with shoplifting, you may feel that it is not a serious enough charge to hire an attorney.
However, these charges should be taken seriously and you should always try to fight a conviction as they could have lasting impressions on your life.
A conviction can stay on your permanent record as well as affect your eligibility for certain housing programs, limit your employment opportunities, and can even result in the revocation of security clearances.
Shoplifting Criminal Defense Attorney
Hiring an attorney can help prevent a charge from appearing on your permanent record as well as negotiating for minimal penalties. An attorney may even be able to erase the charge altogether.
If you have been accused or charged with shoplifting or petty theft from a retailer, contact us today.
Call us toll-free 1-888-GARRETT (1-888-427-7388) or fill out our contact form for a free legal consultation.