In our last discussion, we talked about Theft by Shoplifting contained in O.C.G.A. 16-8-14. We discussed that in Georgia, Theft by Shoplifting can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor. Generally, the value of the item alleged to be taken determines whether the Theft by Shoplifting charge will be classified as a felony or misdemeanor. The retail value of the item is the standard used when determining the value of an item.
As an example, one sunny afternoon, Paul Peerpressure is bored and goes shopping at XYZ store with friends. Paul falls into the influence of his friends and decides to the the latest fashionable item, and places it in his back pack. Unbeknownst to Paul, XYZ store surveillance is observing him on camera. As Paul approaches the cash register, he is approached by an XYZ store manager regarding the item in his back pack. Paul is caught with XYZ merchandise in his back pack, and the local police are called in to make an arrest. The retail value of the XYZ merchandise is $450.00. Paul Peerpressure is charged with felony theft by shoplifting, and upon conviction may be sentenced to 1 to 10 years in custody.
Alternatively, a conviction of a fourth or subsequent Theft by Shoplifting allegation is classified a felony, even if the retail value of the item is less than $300.00. If you've been arrested for Theft by Shoplifting, call theLaw Office of Robert L. Booker, P.C. today. We will provide you with a thorough and honest evaluation of the facts of your case. Consultations are free.