All around South Carolina people are being arrested and ticketed for shoplifting.
Around Lexington the same is true, with our office constantly seeing those
charged with shoplifting from places like:
- Best Buy
Why is this? Well, retail stores are feeling the crunch from online sellers
like Amazon. This means increased pressures to keep prices down and control
overhead, giving them strong incentives to try to minimize thefts.
Even if it is your first offense, a shoplifting charge can have serious
consequences. The fine can be over $2,000, and we are aware of Richland
and Lexington county magistrate judges, and area city courts such as Columbia
and Lexington actually imposing jail sentences.
Beyond those immediate consequences if you get a conviction it can haunt
you for the rest of your life. Shoplifting is considered a crime of moral
turpitude. This legal term indicates a crime of dishonesty, and it will
absolutely wreck an employment application or background check.
If you’ve been charged with shoplifting your first step should be
to request a copy of our free report, What You Don’t Know About
Shoplifting Can Ruin Your Life. This will give you the information that
you must know in order to make the best decision about your case.