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Have you been charged with shoplifting? Most people charged with larceny are honestly embarrassed, and can’t believe they made such a mistake. But don’t beat yourself up. A bad decision in a desperate moment doesn’t mean you should suffer a terrible penalty. As an experienced Connecticut shoplifting attorney, I can fix these cases with fairly minimal penalties, and you can move on from the incident quickly.
Under Connecticut criminal laws, larceny is a charge that includes any kind of theft such as shoplifting, receiving stolen property, or auto theft. It also includes embezzlement, false pretenses, and theft by fraud. If you are accused of a felony larceny or grand larceny charge, you need to be concerned about the serious consequences a felony conviction can have, including possible jail time. For lesser larceny charges, you still need to consider the impact of a criminal record and how you might get your charges dismissed. If you are facing a shoplifting, larceny, or related charge, consult with an experienced Connecticut criminal defense attorney to find out what your options are when it comes to defending your rights and minimizing or eliminating the consequences of a criminal conviction.
To commit larceny is to steal items of value. The act of larceny is defined under Connecticut Penal Law as “intent to deprive another of property or to … wrongfully take, obtain or withhold such property from an owner.” It could be a shoplifting offense, embezzlement, or even theft of utilities like electricity or cable TV.
Larceny penalties are based on the value of the items involved, as illustrated in the chart below:
|Degree||Value of Items||Penalty||Classification|
|First Degree Larceny (Grand Larceny) (CSG 53a-122)||Over $10,000||
||Class B Felony|
|Second (2nd) Degree Larceny (CSG 53a-123)||$5001-$10,000||
||Class C Felony|
|Third (3rd) Degree Larceny (CSG 53a-124)||$1001-$5000||
||Class D Felony|
|Fourth (4th) Degree Larceny (CSG 53a-125)||$501-$1000||
||Class A Misdemeanor|
|Fifth (5th) Degree Larceny (CSG 53a-125a)||$250-$500||
||Class B Misdemeanor|
|Sixth (6th) Degree Larceny (CSG 53a-125b)||$250 or Less||
||Class C Misdemeanor|
Here is what constitutes as shoplifting:
The store or establishment that you have shoplifted from may be able to bring a civil suit against you, as well as a criminal case. You may find that a civil suit tends to be worse than criminal charges in the sense that it is embarrassing. You may have to pay punitive damages and the cost of the value of merchandise you stole from the establishment. You may additionally have to pay for their lawyer fees. If you do not pay these fees, you may have a large hit on your credit score.
For a first offense larceny or shoplifting charge, especially for juvenile charges, it is often possible to get the charge dropped in exchange for restitution and community service, which would prevent you from having a criminal record. I will also argue for Accelerated Rehabilitation, which will allow you to be put on probation and have the charges dropped from your record after 13 months, if you don’t commit any additional offenses. With more serious felony charges, I can dispute the severity of the case and the value of the items stolen, and argue that they should be reduced to a point where the penalties are less severe. Whatever the situation in your exact case, having an experienced attorney fighting for you can make a huge difference in the outcome, whether you are working for the best possible plea deal or taking your case all the way to a jury trial. Call me to find out how I can help you get through this problem and get on with your life.
If you have been charged with shoplifting in Connecticut, you should call me as soon as possible. The sooner I get to working on your case, the better. Your case is important to me and I am here to help guide you through every step of this legal process to fight your shoplifting charges and protect your rights. I am eager to take your call and set up a free consultation with you. Let me be your Connecticut shoplifting attorney.
|Shoplifting||CGS § Sec. 53a-119a|
|Possession of a Shoplifting Device||CGS § Sec. 53a-127f||Class A misdemeanor (up to 1 year)|
|Burglary in the First Degree||CGS § Sec. 53a-101||Class B felony (1 to 20 years)|
|Burglary in the Second Degree - Class C felony||CGS § Sec. 53a-102||Class C felony (1 to 10 years)|
|Burglary in the Third Degree||CGS § Sec. 53a-103||Class D felony (1 to 5 years)|
|Larceny in the First Degree||CGS § Sec. 53a-122||Class B felony (1 to 20 years)|
|Larceny in the Second Degree||CGS § Sec. 53a-123||Class C felony (1 to 10 years)|
|Larceny in the Third Degree||CGS § Sec. 53a-124 ||Class D felony (1 to 5 years)|
|Larceny in the Fourth Degree||CGS § Sec. 53a-125||Class A misdemeanor (up to 1 year)|
|Larceny in the Fifth Degree||CGS § Sec. 53a-125a||Class B misdemeanor (up to 6 months)|
|Larceny in the Sixth Degree||CGS § Sec. 53a-125b||Class C misdemeanor (up to 3 months)|