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Birmingham Shoplifting Lawyer

Serving Jefferson County & Surrounding Areas

Although shoplifting is not often considered serious, the charges can have serious consequences depending on the specifics of your situation. At Ingram Law, our Birmingham shoplifting attorney is passionate about protecting our clients’ rights. Shoplifting charges are often subject to municipal law, meaning the city or county where you were arrested. Attorney Joe Ingram has extensive knowledge of shoplifting law specific to municipalities throughout Alabama.

If you have been arrested for shoplifting, call (205) 236-3997 for immediate assistance.

Effective Defense for Shoplifting Charges

The exact charge for shoplifting can vary, depending on the value of the property. As the value of the property increases, the criminal charges become more serious. While a third-degree theft charge is the least serious, any arrest and conviction results in a criminal record and a jail sentence has a severe impact on your life, even if it is only a year.

The classifications for shoplifting charges include:

  • Third-degree theft – This charge applies to property valued between $500 and $1,499. If convicted, you could face up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $6,000.
  • Second-degree theft – When an individual is accused of property valued between $1,500 and $2,500, he or she could be charged with second-degree theft. This charge has potential penalties that include one to 10 years in jail and up to a $15,000 fine.
  • First-degree theft – This category is for theft that involves property valued at more than $2,500. The punishment for these situations may include a sentence of 2 - 20 years in jail and a fine of up to $30,000.

In addition to jail time and fines, you could be facing civil penalties. In Alabama, the merchant may bring a lawsuit in civil court to recover damages. You could be responsible for the full value of the merchandise, recovery expenses, attorney fees, and court costs. Our Birmingham shoplifting attorney works to expeditiously resolve shoplifting and other municipal law issues.

Dedicated Legal Representation

Facing a shoplifting charge can be nerve-wracking. It is important to have experienced legal representation on your side. We are often able to have the charges reduced or the case dismissed. If the case is dismissed, our legal team can work to have the case expunged from your record. We encourage you to contact us as early in the process as possible so that we can advocate for you and ensure that your rights are protected.

Contact Ingram Law today at (205) 236-3997 for more information and to arrange a consultation.

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