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Shoplifting

Shoplifting Defense

If you have been charged with a retail theft or shoplifting charge call The Law Office of Corey I. Cohen & Associates immediately at 407-246-0066 to make sure your legal rights are preserved.

In Florida, retail theft or shoplifting is the act of taking something from a retail store unlawfully with the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive the store of the property. Those arrested for retail theft may face a first-degree misdemeanor for thefts over $100 but less than $750, while first-time offenders who steal less than $100 face a second-degree misdemeanor. Those who have two or more prior thefts may be charged with a third-degree felony and face five years in prison no matter the amount of the theft. This could result in your becoming a convicted felon and losing many civil rights.

We regularly represent students attending the University of Central Florida (UCF). A criminal conviction can affect your future job prospects and more — get legal help today to protect your future.

Protecting Your Rights in Cases of Retail Theft

In Florida, retail theft is the act of taking something from a store or business unlawfully with the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive the other person of the property. There are very serious penalties, even for petit theft:

  • Those arrested for petit theft may face a first-degree misdemeanor for thefts over $100 but less than $750, while first-time offenders who steal less than $100 face a second-degree misdemeanor.
  • Those who have two or more prior petit thefts may be charged with a third-degree felony and face five years in prison no matter the amount of the theft. This could result in your becoming a convicted felon and losing many civil rights.

In addition to any criminal penalties you may face for this charge, there is also a civil penalty of $200 that the store may seek from you for damages. We have routinely been able to get this either dropped or the amount reduced by fighting this issue. So don’t pay it if you get the letter, make sure you bring it to us so we can challenge it!

There are many defenses to retail theft so call today to learn your rights and what the best strategy may be to win your case.

Contact A Dedicated Criminal Defense Lawyer

We represent many tourists who are in Florida on vacation and get arrested while at a theme park or department store. If you live out of state and are arrested for retail theft in our area we may be able to handle your entire case for you without the need for you to return to Florida for any court dates. Many people are falsely accused of retail theft, and we are often able to get the charges dismissed. To schedule a free office or phone consultation with one of our attorneys call 407-246-0066. You may also email Corey Cohen and Associates directly with any questions about your case.

A criminal conviction for retail theft or shoplifting can have long-lasting effects on employment, school and everyday life. Do not become another number in the criminal justice system. Get in touch with The Law Office of Corey I. Cohen & Associates today to discuss your case for free.