Our law firm routinely represents clients accused of shoplifting (also known as “retail theft”) in Miami and other counties. Surprisingly enough, our typical client is a professional with no prior contact with the criminal justice system. Although false arrests do occur (and are defended aggressively by our criminal defense attorneys), most shoplifting clients, in fact, were attempting to shoplift when they were detained by loss prevention officers. Invariably, the client is unable to give an explanation for his or her actions and is deeply ashamed and embarrassed. Our Miami shoplifting lawyers strive to minimize the effects and ramifications of a shoplifting charge to allow our clients to put the case behind them and move on with their professional and personal lives.
What is Shoplifting?
Shoplifting offenses in Florida are prosecuted under general theft crimes laws as well as a specific retail theft law, Florida Statute 812.015, which applies to issues arising in cases where people face shoplifting charges. When someone is caught shoplifting in Miami—or anywhere in Florida for that matter—they are charged with either petit or grand theft under Florida Statute 812.014, depending on the amount (One of the first things an attorney defending a shoplifting case will want to know is the value of the merchandise allegedly stolen). If the value of the alleged stolen merchandise is less than $100 in value, the defendant is charged with petit theft in the second degree, a second-degree misdemeanor. If the value of the merchandise is between $100 and $750, the defendant is charged with petit theft in the first degree, a first-degree misdemeanor. If the alleged amount is $750 or greater than but less than $20,000, then the appropriate charge is grand theft in the third degree, a third-degree felony.
Possible Punishments if You are Convicted of Shoplifting
The punishments below are maximum punishments (It is highly unlikely that you would receive the maximum—much less be convicted of shoplifting—if you hire a competent a shoplifting defense lawyer):
- Petit Theft in the Second Degree (less than $100) – punishable by a maximum of 60 days in jail.
- Petit Theft in the First Degree ($100 or more but less than $750) – punishable by a maximum of 364 days in the county jail.
- Grand Theft in the Third Degree ($750 or more but less than $20,000) – punishable by a maximum of 5 years in state prison.
In addition to a possible jail sentence, a person convicted of shoplifting can have their driver’s license suspended for up to six months on a first conviction, and up to one year on a second shoplifting conviction.
Contact an Experienced Miami Shoplifting Attorney
If you or someone you love has been arrested or charged with shoplifting or retail theft in Miami-Dade County, Broward County, or Palm Beach County, it is critical to consult with an experienced shoplifting defense attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected. You need the counsel of an experienced lawyer to guide you through the process and maximize your chances of resolving your case with a favorable outcome.
Over the years, we have represented hundreds of clients in in shoplifting cases in Miami, Broward, and Palm Beach. There is a good chance that we have dealt with your type of case and have represented clients who shared similar needs and concerns that you may have. Feel free to browse through the results section of our site for a representative sample of some of our past cases, and the results we have achieved for our clients.
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