Q&A: Phoenix Criminal Defense – Shoplift


If I left the store without paying for a 30 pack of beer, in Arizona, is that a felony?  A man chased after me and I set the beer on the road and ran away. No squirmish, no damage to the merchandise. I later went back to pay for the beer. The manager its cool just dont come back to store for a month. I apologized and left.


If the store owner reported you to the police and charges are filed, you’ll likely be charged with shoplift (or theft). In most instances, shoplifting is a class 1 misdemeanor. However, in some instances, it can be a felony. This depends upon your criminal history and whether or not you’ve had prior shoplifting charges in the past. It’s always best to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney if you’ve been charged with a crime. Your attorney can explain the nuances of the law in detail. Best of luck to you!

Verdura Law Group PLLC
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