The charge of shoplifting is one that leaves one worried, frustrated and embarrassed. The wise course of action is to seek legal assistance to avoid all the unwanted consequences.
Do not try to go it alone. William Wayne Housley offers his years of experience and expertise to get the best possible result on your criminal case. Please do not take a shoplifting charge lightly, because it can have very harmful consequences on your career and future. Allow me to assist you in this endeavor. Do not try to go it alone!
Mississippi Code Annotated § 97-23-93 deals with shoplifting.
- A person may be guilty of shoplifting if that person willfully and unlawfully takes possession of merchandise owned or held and offered or displayed for sale by any merchant or store for the purpose of converting the merchandise to the person’s own use without paying the merchant’s stated price.
- A first or second conviction for shoplifting merchandise valued at $500 or less will result in that person being fined up to $1,000 or imprisoned up to six months, or both.
- A third conviction for shoplifting merchandise valued at $500 or less will be considered a felony, and the person convicted may be punished by a fine of up to $5,000 or imprisonment of up to five years, or both.
- A person convicted of shoplifting merchandise valued at more than $500 will be guilty of a felony, and will be fined up to $10,000 or imprisoned for up to 10 years, or both.
Shoplifting charges are treated very seriously, and stores usually push for an alleged offender to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. In most cases, a person charged with shoplifting will not be allowed to reenter the store where the alleged shoplifting took place.
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If you have been charged with shoplifting in Tupelo, Shannon, Eggville, Chesterville, Verona, Booneville, Corinth, Fulton, Amory, or any of the surrounding Northern Mississippi towns, you may have defenses available to you. It is important that you have a qualified attorney representing your interests. Contact Wayne at 662-346-2069 today!