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Arrested for Shoplifting in St. Augustine?

Work With a St. Augustine Theft Crimes Attorney

Shoplifting can seem like a minor crime, but the penalties associated with it may be very severe depending on the property and amount stolen. Shoplifting can include stealing property from a merchant, changing price tags, or moving store merchandise into a new container.

At Albaugh Law Firm, we understand the fear you may be facing. Whether this is your first offense or you have been charged in the past, we can help. Our team of St. Augustine criminal defense attorneys is equipped with more than 70 years of combined experience. You can rest assured that our dedication and confidence can be used to handle your case effectively from start to finish.

What are the penalties for shoplifting in St. Augustine?

If a store owner has reason to believe that you committed shoplifting, they have the right to detain you. After a conviction, they can also sue for up to three times the value of the shoplifted property and any attorney's fees.

Penalties for a shoplifting conviction can include:

  • Fines between $500 and $10,000
  • Incarceration for a minimum of 60 days and up to 30 years
  • Community service

The classification of shoplifting crimes in Florida is based on the value of the property that was stolen. You may be charged with a first or second degree misdemeanor or felony.

Various counties in Florida allow defendants accused of first offenses to participate in pretrial diversion programs. These programs can involve community service and restitution and can result in the dismissal of any criminal charges.

Get Our Defense on Your Side Today

Our firm is committed to putting your interests first, no matter what. We will work tirelessly to secure the best possible outcome for your case and are always available on evenings and weekends. A shoplifting offense is not something you want on your record!

Call a St. Augustine criminal defense attorney today to start fighting for your future.