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Shoplifting Charges and Criminal Defense

Taking merchandise from a commercial store or business without paying for it is a shoplifting crime. But for objects of high value, a person can potentially face grand larceny charges, an offense that comes with a much more serious conviction. Although not the most serious of misdemeanor and felony theft crimes, shoplifting is still penalized harshly in Indiana, and can subject a person to jail time and expensive fines. With competent legal counsel, however, those charged with shoplifting have a stronger chance at dropping or reducing their charges and avoiding strict penalties.

David E. Lewis, Attorney at Law, has represented numerous clients accused of shoplifting crimes, and knows how to obtain the fairest possible outcomes in court. If you were recently arrested for shoplifting in Indiana, call him at 317-636-7514 to schedule a FREE CASE EVALUATION today. He will do everything in his power to ensure your rights remain protected.

Have You Been Charged With Shoplifting in Indiana?
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Shoplifting charges are generally charged as Class A misdemeanors in Indiana, but can increase to more serious misdemeanors with priors and enhancements. Shoplifters can even be subjected to third-party civil lawsuits if business owners want restitution for their stolen goods. Whatever the charges, the penalties for shoplifting are complex, so it is necessary to retain the guidance of a licensed defense lawyer to secure your rights and avoid maximum penalties.

If you have been charged with shoplifting in Indiana, call Attorney David E. Lewis for professional legal counsel you can count on around the clock. He knows the criminal justice system, and uses his knowledge of the law to work cases to his favor. He will build you a custom defense that is powerful enough to obtain the fairest possible resolution to your case. Call his office today at 317-636-7514 to make a free appointment with him to evaluate your case.



Penalties for Shoplifting
Class A Misdemeanor
Generally charged as criminal conversion and not theft, shoplifting is a Class A Misdemeanor if the total value of the stolen merchandise is under a certain dollar amount. This imprecise dollar amount is at the discretion of the prosecutors and will vary depending on a person’s criminal history and the unique circumstances of the case. It is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and up to $5,000 in fines.
Level 6 Felony
If the total combined value of the stolen merchandise is less than $49,999 then it is charged as a Level 6 Felony, punishable by 1 to 3 years in prison, and up to $10,000 in fines.
Level 5 Felony
If the total value of the stolen merchandise is $50,000 or more, then it is charged as a Level 5 Felony, punishable by 2 to 8 years in prison, and up to $10,000 in fines.



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