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I got caught shoplifting what happen to me next?

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Here are the possible penalties:

For theft of property valued at less than $50 with no prior related convictions it would be an infraction or a misdemeanor charge at the discretion of the prosecutor with a fine up to $250.

For theft of goods valued at less than $950 then it is a mandatory fine between $50 and$1,000 and/or up to six months of jail time for first time conviction of petty theft of retail merchandise.

Plus the store can sue you in civil court for:

  • damages of at least $50 but not more than $500, and
  • the retail value of the merchandise if it is not recovered in sellable condition.

You will have to plead guilt; or not guilty and mount a defense accordingly.

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