The act of theft is legally defined as the taking of property that is not legally yours without the permission of the rightful owner. When this act is carried out against a retail store and not a person it is known as “shoplifting”.
Theft charges are either classified as Theft Under $5000 or Theft Over $5000, which depends on the total sum of the alleged stolen goods.
There are many different types of theft charges that range greatly in severity. First time shoplifting offenders may avoid conviction without even appearing in court, Where as a person found guilty of theft over $5000 can be sentenced to upwards of 10 years in prison.
Your best approach to this situation is to immediately seek a lawyer that will take the time to help you understand your legal rights, and who will fight for your winning results. Your first meeting with Bobby Russon and Windsor Criminal Law is always free.