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Shoplifting can be graded as a summary offense, misdemeanor or felony in Pennsylvania. A first offense is a summary offense so long as the merchandise is valued at under $150 and generally carries no jail time. A second conviction of shoplifting under $150 dollars of merchandise is a misdemeanor of the 2nd degree and can carry a sentence of up to 3 years. Third and subsequent shoplifting offenses are a felony of the 3rd degree and can carry a sentence of up to 7 years of incarceration.
Shoplifting charges can happen to anyone. They may be the result of a misunderstanding or a simple mistake. While a first shoplifting offense may not subject you to jail time, it can tarnish your record for a lifetime and leaves you liable for much harsher penalties in the future.
Shoplifting is considered a “crimen falsi” offense and a conviction can be used against you in the future as a legal basis for establishing to you are a dishonest person.
Because of the life altering effects of a shoplifting conviction, it is particularly suitable for ARD. A negotiated ARD disposition can keep your record free from a criminal conviction.
However, as with most criminal charges, the best defense can only be arrived at after careful consideration of all the details of the case with your attorney.
As a criminal defense law firm, We work diligently to find evidence that will support our client's innocence and establish a reasonable doubt that they are guilty of shoplifting. As your defense attorney, we meticulously review police reports and eyewitness statements. We conduct own witness interviews and track down information that can help in obtaining a favorable outcome.
To schedule a free and confidential consultation with a criminal defense attorney regarding your retail theft charges, contact our office today.
Madsen Law Offices is located in Easton, Pennsylvania and represents clients throughout the Lehigh Valley, including Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Jim Thorpe, Stroudsburg and other outlying areas.