Criminal charges are nothing to be proud of. As a matter of fact, shoplifting charges can be very embarrassing. Your reputation, your freedom, and possibly your employment are on the line when you are accused of shoplifting. But, a criminal defense attorney may be able you minimize these potential consequences.
Shoplifting laws vary greatly from state to state. The offense itself, however, is fairly consistent. If you steal something from a retailer, conceal something with the intention of stealing it, or change the price on an item to deceive a retailer, you could face shoplifting charges.
Most people convicted of shoplifting admit they were wrong. For whatever reason, they determined the risk was worth the payout. They didn’t think they would get caught. But once arrested and charged they realized the error of their ways.
This could be your case as well, regretting that you made the choice to shoplift and wondering if there’s anything that can be done. The answer is yes—a shoplifting charge is not a shoplifting conviction and a criminal defense lawyer can help fight for your good name in the Oregon criminal courts.
Oregon Shoplifting Laws & Penalties
The table below shows the various degrees of theft charges and the penalties they carry under Oregon law. As with most states, the sentence you face is dependent on the value of the goods you are accused of taking.
|Less than $50||Class C misdemeanor||30 days in jail and $1250 in fines|
|Up to $750||Class A misdemeanor||1 year in jail and $6250 in fines|
|More than $750||Class C Felony||5 years in prison and $125,000 in fines|
Ref: Or. Rev. Stat. §164.055
How you are sentenced depends on a variety of factors, namely your criminal history and the facts of your case. If you have a clean record, there is a better chance that the prosecution will be willing to give you a second chance or suggest a lenient sentence. Working with your defense attorney will help you determine exactly what you are up against.
If you weren’t arrested at the scene of the crime, they might have the wrong person. A mistaken identification can happen to anyone, and it’s more common than many people realize. Your attorney can help you decide how best to clear your name of these charges and move on with your life.