Theft by Shoplifting

A large portion of alleged misdemeanor crimes involve theft by shoplifting. O.C.G.A. § 16-8-14 defines the elements necessary to prove theft by shoplifting. O.C.G.A. § 16-8-14 (a) states in essence that a person commits the offense of theft by shoplifting when he alone or with the help of someone else with the intent of appropriating merchandise to his own use without paying for the same or to deprive the owner of possession or of the value thereof, in whole or in part does any of the following:
  1. Conceals or take possession of goods at a store or retail establishment
  2. Alters the price tag or other price marking
  3. Transfers the goods or merchandise from one container to another
  4. Interchanges labels or price tags from one item to another
  5. Wrongfully causes the amount paid to be less than the merchant's stated price
In general, if an individual is convicted for shoplifting an item with a value greater than $300.00, the conviction carries a felony sentence of one to ten years. If the value of the item is less than $300.00, the conviction carries a misdemeanor sentence. In many cases, other alternatives are available, such as pretrial diversion, which may be offered in lieu of a guilty plea. If you've been arrested for shoplifting, call the Law Office of Robert L. Booker today. We will thoroughly review the facts of your case, and honestly discuss with you all available options in resolving your case. Call today!
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