There are many situations in which you can be charged with retail theft (shoplifting) in the state of Florida. Some common scenarios could involve an individual accidentally walked out of a store with an item, an individual mistakenly putting an item in their bag that belonged to the store, or switching tags to receive a lower price, among many others. No matter what the case, and even if the individual may not have intentionally committed the alleged offense, shoplifting in Walton County can come with severe penalties including jail or prison time, fines, and a criminal record.
Because of these possible negative consequences of a Freeport shoplifting conviction, it is vital that you take the steps necessary to provide yourself with a proper defense by retaining a qualified lawyer. Capable legal counsel will help you avoid the most serious penalties while giving you an opportunity to beat the charges and move on with your life.
Dealing with a pending shoplifting or retail theft charge can be a stressful situation, so take advantage of the over 30 years of experience that the legal team at Adkinson Law Firm, LLC have under their belt. Defending numerous individuals who have been accused of shoplifting or retail theft in the counties of Okaloosa, Washington, Walton, Holmes, Santa Rosa and Escambia, has given Adkinson Law Firm, LLC a strong and developed understanding of Florida law.
They will use this knowledge to develop an effective defense strategy for you. Call to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
According to Fla. Stat. §812.015, an individual can be charged with shoplifting if:
The penalties for shoplifting in Walton County will be dependent on factors such as the amount that was allegedly stolen and previous convictions. These factors will decide whether the offense will be termed petty/petit theft (less than $300) or grand theft ($300 or more). Such factors include:
Defending a Florida retail theft charge is very important in protecting yourself from the unintended and detrimental consequences that inevitably come with a serious offense such as this. Contact a DeFuniak Springs criminal defense attorney at Adkinson Law Firm, LLC if you or a loved one has been charged with a retail theft or shoplifting anywhere in the Florida Panhandle.
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