While the charges might seem similar, there is a slight distinction to
shoplifting and petty theft. According to Florida law, shoplifting regards retail theft specifically.
For example, it can include the following:
- Taking the property of a merchant
- Altering labels or price tags
- Transferring merchandise from one container to another
- Removing a shopping cart
- Intent to deprive the merchant of possession, use, full retail value, or
benefit of a product
Petty theft, on the other hand, involves taking or using someone else’s
property through criminal intent. The person who takes the object or assets
of another does it knowingly with the intent to deprive the other person,
temporarily or permanently, of the right to the property.
Both charges can vary in degree depending on the property value of the
object that was stolen. Fines and jail times can also increase depending
on the kind of goods taken. For example, in shoplifting a firearm, a person
could be charged with third-degree grand theft, which is a third-degree
felony. Someone accused of a felony could face fines up to $5,000 and
from 60 days to 1 year in jail. A more severe shoplifting charge could
be first-degree grand theft, which is a first-degree felony. Sentences
could include fines of up to $10,000 and a prison term of up to 30 years
if the value of the property was more than $100,000 or damage to property
during the theft exceeded $1,000 in value.
If you’ve been accused of either shoplifting or petty theft, make
sure you have an experienced
Jacksonville criminal defense attorney on your side. You could stand to lose thousands of dollars in legal penalties
in addition to a criminal record. Make sure you have your best chance
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