Shoplifting Charges and Penalties in Maryland

Arrested for Shoplifting Charges in Maryland?

Shoplifting charges in Maryland are very serious. A conviction can result in a criminal record, and even jail. An impulsive act, often involving shoplifting of items of small value, can cause consequences that cost much more. It’s simply not worth it.

What is Shoplifting in Maryland?

Shoplifting is considered “theft” in Maryland. If someone leaves a store without paying for an item, that obviously is shoplifting, or theft. But many people don’t realize that if someone conceals an item, for example by placing it in a shopping bag, even though they don’t leave the store, it is still considered theft and they will face shoplifting charges.

Punishment for Shoplifting Charges in Maryland

The penalty for shoplifting in Maryland depends upon the value of the item(s) that were stolen. If the value of the property stolen is less than $1,000.00, it is a misdemeanor, and the maximum penalty is 18 months imprisonment and/or a $500.00 fine. In addition, the offender must restore the item or its value. If the value is less than $100.00, it is a misdemeanor, and the maximum penalty is 90 days imprisonment, and/or a $500.00 fine. In addition, the offender must restore the item or its value. If the value is at least $1,000.00, but less than $10,000.00, it is a felony, and the maximum penalty is 10 years imprisonment and/or a $10,000.00 fine.

Lawyer for Shoplifting Charges

If you or a loved one is arrested for shoplifting charges, you need an experienced criminal lawyer to fight for you.

Jonathan Scott Smith is a former prosecutor and criminal lawyer with extensive trial experience — and his track record of successful  results, including shoplifting charges, has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

  • Maryland Super Lawyer.
  • 10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • 2013 Top Attorney in Maryland (American Registry)

These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

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