Shoplifting is the taking of property from a store without paying the appropriate price. It can also be changing prices on a piece of property before taking it to the register. 16-13-110. Shoplifting is a magistrates offense if the value of the item is $1,000 or less. The penalty is up to $500 and/or 30 days in jail. If the value of the item is more than $1,000 but less than $5,000 the penalty is a $1,000 fine and/or up to 5 years in prison, and if the value if more than $5,000 the penalty is up to 10 years in prison. Shoplifting is a crime that can enhance punishment if you are convicted of shoplifting or other crimes in the future. It is important to aggressively defend this charge. Furthermore, many stores have policies that improperly charge individuals with this crime and violate people’s rights. It is important to have someone to investigate and defend you that knows what they are doing.
The law can also treat someone who has a prior conviction of larceny more harshly if they are convicted of larceny more than one or two times. Therefore, it is important to always have an aggressive lawyer make sure you are not endangering your future by pleading to something when you do not have to. T
heft of electric current or altering, tampering, or bypassing a meter. 16-13-380 and 16-13-385. It is a crime to attempt to obtain electricity or other utilities without paying for them. Utility companies can be very aggressive when prosecuting someone they believe has tampered with a meter or has attempted to steal utilities. You need an aggressive attorney to make sure the utility company is not pursuing you as part of a witch hunt. While there are people who alter their meter so that it does not run, meters can also be damaged by other forces. If you are charged with this crime you need to contact an attorney to discuss your rights. Do not let the utility company or police take advantage of you.