What Is The Punishment For Shoplifting In Virginia Beach?

by J.D. Garrett on June 29, 2012

Shoplifting is one of several offenses categorized as larceny, or theft. Other charges classified as larceny include concealment, petit larceny, grand larceny, embezzlement, or writing bad checks. What separates a felony charge from that of a misdemeanor is the dollar amount. If the value of the stolen item is less than or equal to $200, it is a misdemeanor; any amount greater than that is a felony.

Most cases of shoplifting involve young people. These cases can be due to peer pressure or just a stupid decision. In other cases, the shoplifting can be explained, not excused, because of severe financial hardship. Judges are not unsympathetic to situations where someone is charged with shoplifting food to feed themselves or their family.

Shoplifting, as other Class 1 misdemeanors, is punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2500. For most larceny cases in Virginia Beach, we are able to help our clients avoid any jail time and minimize the fines. In some situations, such as first-time offenders, we have a track record of getting charges dismissed either immediately, or after a short probationary period.

If you or a family member has been charged with shoplifting or any other larceny charge in Virginia Beach, please contact us today. (757) 422-4646. Our Virginia Beach criminal attorneys are available 24/7/365.

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