Wilmington Shoplifting Defense Attorney
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Shoplifting is a specific form of larceny, or the theft of merchandise
or goods without paying for them. It can involve simply taking merchandise
from a store with no intent to return it, or it can mean attempting to
pay a lower price for it by switching price tags. Each form of shoplifting
comes with its own consequence, depending on the value of the goods stolen
or the way it was stolen.
For example, concealing merchandise in the store that hasn’t been
purchased while still on the store premises is a misdemeanor form of shoplifting.
Putting another item’s price tag on a more expensive item (and attempting
to purchase it) is also a misdemeanor. Any form of larceny worth less
than $1,000 is also considered a misdemeanor.
can be a felony in North Carolina under certain circumstances.
Shoplifting over $1,000 in goods is a felony, for example. Stealing less
than $1,000 in merchandise can be prosecuted as a felony if it’s
taken through an emergency exit or if the accused tampered with antishoplifting
devices. Taking as little as $200 in goods results in felony charges when
stolen this way.
In any shoplifting case, the defendant is likely to be sued in civil court
for the cost of the merchandise. That applies to any felony or misdemeanor
charge. However, the state’s case against you is the far more costly one.
Here are the criminal penalties for shoplifting in North Carolina:
Shoplifting misdemeanors: 1-10 days in jail (1st offense)
Shoplifting misdemeanors: 1-30 days in jail (2nd offense)
Shoplifting misdemeanors: 1-45 days in jail (3rd offense)
Tampering with antitheft device: Class H felony—4-25 months’ prison time
Using an emergency exit: Class H felony—4-25 months’ prison time
Stealing over $1,000 in goods: Class H felony—4-25 months’ prison time
If you’ve been charged with shoplifting, turn to an award-winning
Wilmington shoplifting defense attorney. Our board certified defense specialist
can give you counsel in a free, no-obligation consultation. Call
(910) 595-1377 today!