Shoplifting Defense Attorneys
Our Marietta attorneys understand Georgia's strict shoplifting laws and will aggressively defend you
Aggressive defenses against theft crime charges
The criminal defense attorneys at Gentry, Smith, Dettmering, Morgan, Schnatmeier & Collins, LLP have been providing aggressive, effective representation to defendants charged with crimes in Georgia for more than 80 years combined. Our team includes former prosecutors who are intimately familiar with the legal justice system and understand the inner workings of the district attorneys’ office.
We aggressively fight your shoplifting charges and pursue the best possible outcome in your case. If it is in your best interest, we negotiate just sentences that avoid incarceration. However, we assertively advocate for your acquittal in the courtroom if a trial can produce better results.
Shoplifting laws in Georgia
Shoplifting is a nonviolent crime that can carry harsh penalties — the higher the value of the property, the stiffer the sentence. In addition to potential incarceration, fines, restitution and probation, a conviction for theft by shoplifting in Georgia may have devastating, long-lasting implications. The theft of more valuable items can be charged as a felony, and so a conviction can result in loss of voting rights, prohibition against gun ownership and ineligibility for certain types of jobs. A criminal record that includes any type of theft crime can seriously affect your future employment opportunities. Furthermore, noncitizens may face repercussions when applying for their green cards or U.S. Citizenship. Our priorities are eliminating jail time and reducing felony charges to misdemeanors.
Criminal justice reformation of shoplifting laws in Georgia
Signed into law in May 2012, Georgia HB1176 reformed the statutes governing nonviolent crimes. The legislation creates more accessibility to alternative programs for nonviolent offenders to preserve the limited prison space for violent offenders who pose a danger to society. In addition, the statute raises the property value threshold for indicting an offender under felony shoplifting charges in Georgia — and thus allows judges to hand down more reasonable sentences that better fit the level of seriousness of a shoplifting conviction. Our criminal defense lawyers support this focus on alternative sentences that avoid jail time for minor crimes and give first-time offenders opportunities to engage in diversion programs.