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Theft Charges | Shoplifting Charges | Criminal Defense Atlanta

Theft Charges | Shoplifting Charges | Criminal Defense Atlanta

If you have been charged with a theft charge, the most important first step is securing a strong defense attorney for your case

In most jurisdictions, theft is defined as the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods or property of others. Examples of theft would include but not limited to stealing items from a department store, taking property from another person, or even taking money from person. Theft is a serious felony that can carry severe penalties.

Providing criminal defense is something I take very seriously. I know I am holding a person’s future in my hands.


Shoplifting – Larceny Criminal Defense

Theft Charges | Shoplifting Charges | Criminal Defense Atlanta

Shoplifting is a type of theft, also known as larceny.

If you have been accused of shoplifting, or have been contacted by the police but have not yet been charged with theft, CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY. 

It is possible in some circumstances that we may be able to prevent charges from being filed against you. Time is crucial in these cases and the sooner we are able to get involved the better your chances of avoiding shoplifting charges will be. 

We have been able to prevent theft charges in many cases by ensuring a solution to the situation that needn’t involve a courtroom. 

Theft crimes typically leave only financial losses which can be easily recouped or repaid. 

It is often in the victim’s best interest to solve the matter out of court. If the accused is put in jail it makes it difficult for restitution to occur and recouping losses is the most important part of resolving the issue..

At the Edward Adams Law Firm, we are dedicated to protecting and defending the rights of our clients and pursue positive results. We have successfully represented numerous shoplifting criminal cases throughout Georgia and have earned an excellent reputation. 

As an Atlanta criminal defense attorney, I will examine the charges against you and create a strong and aggressive defense. 

The goal is to have the charges completely dismissed or reduced.

I offer a free case evaluation please go to the page and provide me with the information about your case so I can help you.


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Theft Defined Under Georgia Law

Theft can occur in a variety of ways under Georgia law. The most common type of theft involves theft by taking, which Georgia statute defines as occurring when a person “unlawfully takes or, being in lawful possession thereof, unlawfully appropriates any property of another with the intention of depriving him of the property, regardless of the manner in which property is taken or appropriated.” (Georgia Code § 16-8-2.)

Georgia law also provides for several other types of theft, including:

  • theft by deception (§ 16-8-3.)
  • theft by conversion (§ 16-8-4.)
  • theft of services (§ 16-8-5.)
  • theft of lost or mislaid property (§ 16-8-7.)
  • theft by receiving property stolen in another state (§ 16-8-8.)
  • theft by bringing stolen property into the state (§ 16-8-9.)
  • theft by shoplifting (§ 16-8-14.), and
  • theft by extortion (§ 16-8-16.).

Shoplifting in Georgia

A shoplifting offense will result in a misdemeanor conviction in the state of Georgia where the value of the shoplifted property is $500 or less.

However, a shoplifting offense will constitute a felony under Georgia law if:

  • the value of the shoplifted property is more than $300, or 
  • the property is stolen from three separate stores in the same county within a seven-day period, and the property that is the subject of each theft is worth at least $100. (§ 16-8-14.) 

For an offender’s second shoplifting offense, the court will impose a fine of at least $250, either in addition to or instead of a sentence of imprisonment.

Upon a third shoplifting offense in Georgia, an offender willl receive a sentence of imprisonment of 30 days, or an alternative sentence of confinement, such as home detention, for a period of 120 days, and may be ordered to receive psychological evaluation or treatment at the offender’s expense.

Upon a fourth or subsequent shoplifting offense, the offender shall receive a sentence of imprisonment of at least one year, which is non-suspendable, and a maximum of ten years. (§ 16-8-14.)


Atlanta Criminal Defense | Criminal Defense Atlanta

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Crimes are crimes committed by individuals. Many attribute the rise in crime to the increased availability of street drugs, growing levels of poverty, and inadequate prevention and intervention programs in schools.

I do provide criminal defense for adults. If you have gotten in trouble with the law feel free to go to my free case evaluation and submit your case to me to review. I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Atlanta Criminal Defense Practice Areas

Possession of Drugs

Loitering Offenses

Assault Offenses

Robbery Offenses

Probation Violation

Theft Offenses

Burglary Offenses

Possession of Weapons

Trespassing Offenses

Conspiracy to Commit a Crime

Alcohol Offenses

False Id Offenses

Murder Offenses

Graffiti Offenses

Vandalism Offenses

Sexual Offenses

Firearm Violations

Battery Offenses

Fraud Offenses

Prostitution Offenses

Auto Offenses

Gang Related Offenses

Traffic Tickets

White Collar Crimes 

Traffic Offenses 

Types Of Atlanta Criminal Offenses

Crimes are separated into two separate groups, felonies and misdemeanors. Misdemeanors are those crimes punishable by imprisonment of one year or less, and include crimes like DUI, resisting arrest without violence, loitering and prowling, and disorderly intoxication.

Felonies and misdemeanors are then further broken down by degrees. The break down into degrees is used to differentiate the level of severity of a particular type of crime. Given that explanation, the analysis of the different level of crimes is easy.


Misdemeanors a lesser crime punishable by a fine and/or county jail time for up to one year. Typical misdemeanors include: petty theft, disturbing the peace, simple assault and battery, drunk driving without injury to others, drunkenness in public, various traffic violations and public nuisances.


Felonies are those crimes punishable by imprisonment of more than one year. They include rape, murder, robbery, kidnapping, drug trafficking, and some ‘white collar’ crimes.

Capital Crimes

Capital crimes are those select crimes viewed as the most heinous and the most severely punished. Capital crimes are punishable by death. That doesn’t mean that every person convicted of a capital offense will be sentenced to death. 

1st Degree Offenses

1st Degree Offenses are punishable by imprisonment of not more than 30 years in most circumstance.

2nd Degree Offenses

Second degree offenses are next and consist of crimes punishable by no more than 15 years in prison.

3rd Degree Offenses

Third degree offenses carry a punishment term of five years or less. Common examples are assault, battery, theft, fraud and various drug possession charges.