Attorney Matt Hirsch is an aggressive litigator. He stands up for his clients’ rights in court and does everything in his power to defeat their criminal shoplifting charges. Located in Atlanta, he has successfully helped individuals throughout the state defend against misdemeanor and felony shoplifting charges.
Georgia Laws Regarding Shoplifting
Georgia courts take shoplifting seriously. The crime can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the value of the stolen property and the number of prior offenses. If the value of the stolen property is more than $500, you will be charged with felony shoplifting.
In Georgia, you can be charged with shoplifting for any of the following acts:
- Taking goods from any store or retailer
- Altering the price tag
- Transferring store goods from one container to another
- Interchanging the price tags between goods
- Wrongfully paying less than the store’s stated price for an item
Shoplifting is not a “minor” crime, and the effects of a conviction should not be discounted. The penalties for a misdemeanor charge include fines and possible jail time. If you are convicted of felony shoplifting, you face up to 10 years in prison.
In addition to the fines and jail time, a misdemeanor or felony conviction will leave a permanent mark on your criminal record. A criminal record can make it difficult to find a job or housing, and felony convictions will cause you to lose your right to vote and your right to possess firearms.
Protect Your Rights. Contact Hirsch Criminal Defense.
At Hirsch Criminal Defense, attorney Hirsch aggressively defends his clients against their shoplifting charges. He does everything in his power to help you avoid jail time and keep your record clean.