Shoplifting Lawyer in Winston-Salem, NC
While often seen as a minor crime, a shoplifting conviction can still have life-changing consequences. If convicted, you may face jail time, steep fines, and other criminal penalties. You will also have limited opportunities for employment, education, and housing in the future with a shoplifting conviction on your record. If you want to defend your rights and protect your future, get in touch with B. Jeffrey Wood, Attorney at Law. We can partner you with an experienced shoplifting lawyer who will fight both in and out of court to minimize the consequences of your arrest. We assist clients in Winston-Salem, NC and the surrounding areas.
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Shoplifting Laws & Penalties
Shoplifting can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony. Misdemeanor shoplifting occurs when someone takes under $1,000 worth of goods from a store or business without paying for them. You must leave the premises with the stolen goods to be charged with shoplifting. “Concealment of Property” is the crime you would be charged with for intentionally concealing merchandise with the intention of stealing it, which does not require you to leave the premises.
Shoplifting is typically charged as a Class 1 misdemeanor which can result in up to 120 days in jail and/or criminal fines.
To be charged with felony shoplifting, you must steal more than $1,000 worth of goods from a store or business. It is classified as a Class H felony, which is punishable by up to 39 months in prison and/or criminal fines/community service. A judge may opt to impose probation and/or house arrest instead of a prison sentence depending on the circumstances.
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An experienced theft attorney can assess your case and determine if you have any potential defenses that would discredit the evidence brought against you. They can also negotiate with prosecutors and fight in court to minimize your penalties if the evidence is stacked against you. Contact us today to speak with a shoplifting attorney in Winston-Salem, NC. Call (336) 722-5700 or fill out our online contact form below to get started.