How Shoplifting Can Influence Your Charges
If you are accused of shoplifting or you have been convicted of shoplifting in the past, you may find a higher charge for your petty theft. That means instead of a second degree misdemeanor you may be charged with a first degree misdemeanor – which means more jail time and higher fines.
Penalties for Petty Theft and Shoplifting
The penalties for petty theft vary greatly and the circumstances surrounding the arrest may change your sentence if convicted. For petty theft/shoplifting, you could face:
- Up to 60 days in jail and up to $500 in fines for Petit Theft of the Second Degree.
- Up to one year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines for Petit Theft of the First Degree
- Up to 5 years in jail and up to $5,000 in fines for Grand Theft of the Third Degree
- Up to 15 years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines for Grand Theft of the Second Degree
- Up to 30 years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines for Grand Theft of the First Degree.
But, the penalties do not just stop at jail time and fines. Florida also carries civil penalties for being charged with petty theft. If convicted, you could also face:
- A driver’s license suspension
- Civil liability – you could be required to pay the affected party up to three times the amount of goods stolen and reimburse the attorneys’ fees and court costs of the victim