In Alabama, shoplifting is defined as the theft of store merchandise (simple enough). However, a shoplifting charge can be levied against you from the accusation of theft or leaving the store without paying/permission to leave.
That’s a fairly broad stroke…
What Is Needed For A Conviction In A Shoplifting Case?
To secure a conviction, a prosecutor must be able to prove that you purposefully took merchandise from a store and that you intended on taking the items without paying for them. Basically, they need to prove you intended to permanently deprive them of their property.
How Bad Can It Get?
If convicted, your punishment is dependent on the details of your specific case and the value of the items that were stolen. For low-value thefts, the damage will generally be minimal where high-value thefts can end up with felony charges.
Low-value thefts generally end up with fines, community service, public apologies, or a short time behind bars. High-value (felony) thefts can end up with extreme fines and a long time behind bars to think about what happened.
Schedule a Confidential Consultation with Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyer Tim Fleming
If you have been arrested for shoplifting, do not assume you will be found guilty. Every case is unique and there are factors that might affect your case.
You might have several defense options to help reduce your charges or even have the case dismissed. However, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer who knows the laws in Alabama and who has helped others just like you with their shoplifting cases.
To find out your legal options, call us at (251) 304-0888 or use our online contact form and we will schedule a confidential consultation with you.