Shoplifting Charges During the Holidays

Shoplifting Charges During the Holidays

The holiday season poses emotional challenges for many people who have suffered tragedies, or who are going through a financial difficult time. With all the advertisements of gifts and expectations of festive holiday meals, it can seem embarrassing for those who cannot afford even the necessities. That is one reason why shoplifting charges are on the rise during the holidays. Between Black Friday and Christmas, the number of shoplifting incidents increases dramatically. However, the penalties for shoplifting can be life-altering.

Shoplifting may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony offense, and could lead to:

  • Fines
  • Imprisonment
  • A permanent mark on your criminal record

You may also have to pay restitution in a civil lawsuit. Shoplifting does not just involve taking something out of a store without paying for it. You may be charged with shoplifting if you swap price tags to pay a lower amount, or if you hide an item inside another item to conceal it. A conviction of shoplifting can make it difficult to obtain employment and education in the future. That is why it is important to seek experienced legal counsel as soon as possible.

Our Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyers Can Fight for You

If you have been charged with shoplifting, Owenby Law, P.A. can represent you in court. We can gather evidence to build your case and guide you through the process. We have achieved successful results for numerous clients. From start to finish, our firm will tirelessly uphold your rights.

Contact our firm today for a free initial consultation.


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