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Today I was caught shoplifting. It was so stupid and I don't

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Today I was caught shoplifting. It was so stupid and I don't know why I did it. But what can I expect?
JA: In what state did this occur?
Customer: Arizona
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: No it literally happened an hour ago
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: It's a first offense.
Submitted: 11 days ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Roger replied 11 days ago.

Hi - my name is ***** ***** I'll be glad to assist.

Shoplifting penalties in AZ depends on the amount/value of the items taken. Here's a good link that outlines the penalties: http://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/resources/criminal-defense/misdemeanor-offense/shoplifting-charges-arizona

Expert:  Roger replied 11 days ago.

If the items taken were less than $1000, it is a misdemeanor offense, and you're likely looking at probation, restitution for the value of the items taken and you'll likely be banned from returning to the store.

Expert:  Roger replied 11 days ago.

Jail time is possible, but not very likely.....

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
It was $69 dollars worth of merchandise and this was my first offense. It was stupid and won't happen again.
Expert:  Roger replied 11 days ago.
Ok. In that case, you'll likely get probation and be ordered to pay restitution.
Expert:  Roger replied 11 days ago.
It is very unlikely that you would face any harsher consequences than this.