Protection Against Shoplifting Charges
In Georgia, shoplifting is treated as a serious offense. A conviction exposes you to not only harsh criminal consequences, but it might also limit your employment opportunities. If the value of the merchandise stolen is in excess of $500, you may be charged with a felony. With repeat convictions, the penalties become even more severe.
If you’ve been charged with shoplifting or another type of theft, you need to work with qualified legal counsel. To this end, the lawyers at Conaway & Strickler, P.C. provide comprehensive and aggressive representation for people facing shoplifting charges — whether it’s a first charge or a subsequent charge, we will fight to protect your interests and assert your rights.
You can be charged with shoplifting if you attempt to conceal merchandise, change price listings or simply fail to make full payment for merchandise that you remove from a retail store.
More specifically, shoplifting can occur in any of the following ways:
- Taking or concealing merchandise
- Altering merchandise price labels or tags
- Transferring merchandise of retail establishment among different containers
- Interchanging merchandise price labels or tags among different goods
- Intentionally causing the payment of merchandise to be less than the correct amount
In fact, any activity engaged in that intentionally cheats, takes or defrauds a retail store or merchant can result in a shoplifting charge. If you’ve been arrested for shoplifting, you need an experienced attorney to defend you and protect your rights.
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At Conaway & Strickler, P.C., our attorneys work to minimize or eliminate the harsh consequences of your shoplifting arrest. Whether by fighting the charges at trial or negotiating a favorable settlement, our goal is always to protect your rights and obtain the best possible outcome.