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1560 Warsaw Road, Roswell, GA 30076

Shoplifting Defense Attorney in Roswell

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While the popular definition of shoplifting is usually theft by concealing goods, the term can mean a number of different things. It is important to know the scope of the Georgia law to avoid any confusion surrounding the crime.

Here in Georgia, the following are considered shoplifting:

  • Concealing or taking goods
  • Altering the price tag
  • Transferring an object to a different container
  • Switching the price tag
  • Wrongfully paying less that the merchant's stated price

Under Georgia law, if the property stolen totals less than $500, the offense is considered a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor could mean up to a year in jail and fines up to $1,000. However, if the property stolen amounts to more than $500, you face a sentence up to ten years, and a felony charge. Any aggravation during the theft can also contribute to the consequences of the crime.

Under Georgia law, Section 16-8-14, to be found guilty of shoplifting the prosecution must prove:

A. you had the intention of taking merchandise without paying for it, or

B. you had the intention of depriving the owner of the merchandise


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After three or more previous shoplifting convictions, the crime will be considered a felony regardless of the value of the goods stolen. Georgia also has a special "Smash and Grab" Law, for which the minimum sentence is increased to two years.

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If you find yourself facing a shoplifting charge, call The Sherman Law Group. Our experienced Roswell criminal defense attorneys can help you plan your defense and explore your options to reduce consequences of a shoplifting charge.

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