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Florida Shoplifting Charges and Penalties

By Parks & Braxton  Jan. 8, 2013 1:43p

Shoplifting is one of the most common criminal charges in Florida and the nation. This crime generally involves stealing merchandise from a retail store. Florida law defines it as stealing "merchandise, property, money, or negotiable documents." This crime also involves removing or altering a price tag or label on merchandise or moving merchandise from one container to another. Anyone working in a retail store has the right to stop and detain anyone they suspect of shoplifting, providing they have reason to believe a crime was committed.

If arrested for shoplifting, the person accused will be charged according to the value of the merchandise stolen. Less than $100 worth of goods is generally charged as a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $500. Goods valued between $100 and $299 are charged as first-degree misdemeanors, punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Those convicted may also be required to pay restitution. Property stolen which is valued above $300 is generally charged as grand theft felony with more serious penalties.

Theft Crime Defense in Miami-Dade

If you or someone you know has been charged with shoplifting, some other type of theft crime, or any other criminal offense, your first order of business should be to enlist the services of a qualified criminal defense attorney. The law firm of Parks & Braxton, P.A. is a premier criminal defense legal team with more than 45 years of experience in criminal law. The founding attorneys are former prosecutors, which gives them an in-depth insight into how criminal cases are constructed by the state. They are also nationally recognized for their legal ability and ethical standards, having obtained an AV Preeminent rating with Martindale Hubbell, the national lawyers' review organization. This is the highest rating available with reflects the superior quality of the legal service you will find at this firm.

The firm has effectively handled thousands of criminal cases. Get capable legal guidance 24/7 by contacting their offices to schedule a free case evaluation concerning your arrest and charges today.

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