The value of the merchandise was $110.00. She is a sophomore in college and graduated high school with honors. She works two jobs and is a good kid who made a stupid mistake. It was her and her friend
Shoplifting under $500 is a misdemeanor unless they have three or more prior shoplifting convictions, which it doesn't sound like she does.
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I agree with both of the other attorneys shoplifting under 500 is a misdemeanor unless there are three prior convictions for that offense during her lifetime. If this was a fourth arrest with three prior conviction then it would be charged as a felony.
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This is a misdemeanor charge, however, she need an attorney. We handle these type of cases all of the time and we offer free telephone consultation.
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Decatur, Ga. 30033
It would be charged as a misdemeanor, based on the value of the merchandise. However, if she were to plead guilty in court to this offense, she is still looking at high fines, probation, community service, possible jail time, and most importantly, a conviction on her criminal record. By retaining an experienced attorney, she can have the benefit of having someone with vast legal knowledge that can investigate her case and negotiate the best possible outcome for her. If she has never been in trouble with the law before, there may be options available to her that will avoid a guilty plea, and may even allow her to have the charge sealed from her public record. There is a wealth of information regarding shoplifting charges in Georgia on my website.
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