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.