Shoplifting Arrests in Scottsdale
Scottsdale Fashion Center is one of the most popular malls in the Country. Uber revealed that in 2018, more people took an Uber to Scottsdale than any other place in the Phoenix area. As a result of the significant traffic at Scottsdale Fashion Square, our office gets hired numerous times per year to represent people for their shoplifting offense.
Most of the time, the people who hire us have never been in trouble with the law before – often times, they’ve never even spoken with an attorney. Although it’s unfortunate that our clients arrested for shoplifting are now having to go through the criminal justice system, the fact that we may be able to show the judge or the prosecutor that they have no prior criminal history, is a very good thing.
Scottsdale Shoplifting Penalties
The Arizona law that relates to shoplifting is ARS 13-1805. Under the law, the following are criminalized:
- Removing a good from a store without paying;
- Changing the purchase price of an item without having permission to do so; or
- Concealing the goods – even if the goods never left the store. For instance, have clients who may go into one store with bags from another store. If they put the article of clothing in the bag (conceal it) and it appears they are going to steal it, they could be arrested for shoplifting;
The penalties for shoplifting all depend on the value of the items allegedly shoplifted:
- Less than $1,000 – class 1 misdemeanors;
- $1,000-$2,000 – class 6 felony;
- More than $2,000 – class 5 felony;
Lawyer for Scottsdale Shoplifting Cases
Irrespective of whether the offense is a felony or misdemeanor, you have to take this case seriously. You may have made a mistake by shoplifting, but you don’t want to make a second mistake of not hiring a lawyer. Our attorneys would be more than happy to discuss how we can handle your Scottsdale shoplifting case. 602-960-1731