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THEFT BY SHOPLIFTING IN GA


The Most Common Theft Offense
Theft by Shoplifting is probably the most common theft offense. It also has a more complicated sentencing scheme than other types of theft.

Definition of Theft by Shoplifting
Theft by Shoplifting occurs when you take merchandise from a retail establishment through various means. This means include concealment, altering or swapping price tags, or transfer from one container to another.

Misdemeanor Theft by Shoplifting
Shoplifting is a
misdemeanor when:

the value of the merchandise is $300.00 or less.

Felony Theft by Shoplifting
Shoplifting is a
felony when:

  1. the value of the merchandise exceeds $300.00;

  2. this is your fourth shoplifting offense even if the value of the merchandise is $300.00 or less; or

  3. you have taken property with a total value of $100.00 from 3 different stores in the same county within 7 days.

Felony shoplifting is a 1-10 year offense. Note that if you are convicted of a fourth shoplifting offense, that is also a felony for which you must do at least one year in jail.

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