Shoplifting / Retail Theft
According to Maryland state law, a person commits the offense of retail theft when they knowingly and unlawfully remove items from a retail store, without paying the full retail value of those items. Generally, a retail theft is a Class A Misdemeanor offense. This means it is punishable by up to 364 days in the county jail and up to a $2,500.00 fine. If the person is accused of stealing merchandise with a retail value in excess of $150.00, the prosecutor may decide to charge the individual with a Class 3 Felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $25,000.00 fine. If the accused has previously been convicted of retail theft, the prosecutor can charge that individual with felony retail theft for every future retail theft.
Like other criminal charges, a conviction for retail theft can result in permanent marks on the person’s record, hefty fines and/or jail time. Those accused of retail theft in the Baltimore area can ensure optimal outcomes for their case by securing the services of the experienced Baltimore criminal defense attorney David B. Shapiro. Mr. Shapiro’s goal is to help all clients get the charges against them reduced, if not dropped altogether, so they can move on with their lives.
If you or a loved one has been charged with retail theft, contact baltimore retail theft attorney David B. Shapiro to receive a strong defense. Mr. Shapiro is committed to offering the best possible defense and believes that a strong case starts with building a personalized relationship with the client.
To find out how Baltimore criminal lawyer David B. Shapiro can help you and your case, contact him directly by calling (410) 576-9100 today.