If you are arrested or charged with an offense involving a misdemeanor or felony theft of property it is important to speak with a criminal defense attorney who knows the intricacies or property crimes. The lawyers and Gunter and Bennett handle small cases such as shoplifting.
The punishment range for shoplifting depends on the value of the items taken. If the value is less than $20, the offense is a Class C Misdemeanor. If the value is between $20 but less than $500 the offense is a Class B Misdemeanor and if the value is between $500, and less than $1,500 it is a Class A Misdemeanor. The punishment ranges go up from there.
Theft is a serious offense even if it is only a Class C Misdemeanor. Many criminal history reports will not show the level of the offense only that a person was convicted. Needless to say, theft does not look good on a criminal history, no matter what its specifics are. It’s always a good idea to hire a good shoplifting defense attorney and make sure you are not convicted.