What is Retail Theft?

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Facing off against criminal charges or going through an investigation is a difficult time. You have to deal with the prospects of jail time, major fines and a permanently marked criminal record. And, when it comes down to it, any of those fates can severely handicap your future. However, just because you have been accused of a crime, doesn’t mean you will be found guilty. That is why it is critical to bring in The Law Offices of R. Wayne Richter to handle your case.

Recently, we have been discussing the different types of theft charges one might face. Today, we shift our focus to retail theft, and the details surrounding that specific charge. Retail theft is defined as “knowingly, or intentionally, (1) taking merchandise, (2) removing or altering a price tag, (3) placing merchandise into another container, as well as other acts described in Florida Statute 812.015(1)(d), with the intent to deprive the merchant of the possession of an item, or items, or the full retail value of the item or items.” When the items taken value less than $100, it is considered a second degree misdemeanor, and punishable by up to 60 days in county jail and a $500 fine. If the items taken are valued between $100 and $300, it is a first degree misdemeanor with punishments of up to one year in county jail and a $1,000 fine.

Are you ready to face off against those criminal charges? If not, you better talk to attorney Wayne Richter about your defense. He has the experience necessary to argue your case in a professional and compelling manner. And, that can give you a much better chance of seeing your charges reduced, or dropped altogether. Contact The Law Offices of R. Wayne Richter, today, and get started with your free initial consultation.

For more information visit http://www.richterlawpa.com

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