Shoplifting in Georgia

By Law Office of Matthew T. McNally  Jul. 27, 2012 4:35p

Georgia law prohibits the crime of theft by shoplifting and defines it in the following ways:

  • Concealing or taking possession of goods in a store or a retail establishment,
  • Altering the price tag or marking on the goods in a store or a retail establishment,
  • Transferring the goods in a store or retail establishment from one container to another,
  • Interchanging the price tag or label of one item for the price tag or label of another item,
  • Wrongfully causing the amount to be paid for an item to be less than the stated price for that item

Stealing goods valued at less than $300 through an act of shoplifting will result in a misdemeanor charge in Georgia. Stealing goods valued above $300 through shoplifting will lead to a felony charge. Fourth-offense shoplifting will also be charged as a felony as will the acts of stealing goods valued at $100 or more from three different establishments within a seven-day period. Shoplifting is one of the most common criminal offenses charged throughout the state. Aside from criminal penalties, shoplifters may also face civil demands from merchants seeking to hold the shoplifter liable for civil damages.

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If you have been charged with a shoplifting crime, it is important to seek qualified legal representation. If convicted, you will have a permanent criminal record which can place limitations on your future in terms of employment, career advancement, educational opportunities, professional licenses, and more. At the Law Office of Matthew T. McNally, you can get highly qualified and outstanding legal help in fighting charges and their consequences. Attorney Matthew T. McNally is a well-known and respected criminal defense lawyer who will make every effort to achieve the best possible case result.

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