Shoplifting Criminal Punishment & Penalties


The penalties imposed upon conviction for shoplifting vary depending on the degree of the underlying shoplifting offense. A Second Degree Shoplifting is the most serious of the felony variety in terms of penalties and the severity of the punishment lessens for Third Degree Shoplifting, and then Fourth Degree Shoplifting. A conviction for disorderly persons shoplifting, also referred to as Misdemeanor Shoplifting, is the least serious type of shoplifting and does not involve a felony. Irrespective of the nature of the shoplifting charges a person is facing, the lawyers at our law firm have a history of success mitigating and/or eliminating penalties. The worst thing you can do if you have been charged with shoplifting is to simply rollover and plead guilty as our attorneys are able to avoid a conviction for shoplifting in most cases. An attorney is available immediately at 1-877-450-8301 to discuss how we would go about assisting you.

Shoplifting Fines & Monetary Penalties

There are numerous sentencing considerations associated with a conviction for shoplifting. Apart from weighing the aggravating and mitigating factors to arrive at a sentence, the Court must impose monetary penalties in a shoplifting case. The fines to be imposed as a result of a shoplifting conviction are as follows: up to $150,000 for second degree shoplifting; up to $15,000 for third degree shoplifting; up to $10,000 for fourth degree shoplifting; and up to $1,000 for misdemeanor/disorderly persons shoplifting.

Jail Term For Shoplifting

A jail term up to six (6) months in jail may be imposed upon conviction for disorderly persons shoplifting. The potential jail term escalates to eighteen (18) months for a fourth degree, up to five (5) years for a third degree, and up to ten (10) years for a second degree conviction.

Shoplifting Community Service

The law imposes a mandatory obligation to perform community service upon conviction for shoplifting. A first offense mandates ten (10) days of community service, a second offense carries fifteen (15) days of community service and a third offense requires twenty five (25) days of community service.

If you find yourself charged with shoplifting, your best option for reducing penalties is to enlist an experienced shoplifting lawyer. The attorneys at our office provide an excellent option in this regard. We have a long history of positive outcomes in shoplifting cases and our lawyers we be happy to put this record on the line in representing you. Speak to an attorney immediately at 1-877-450-8301.