Teens and young adults can make the mistake of thinking that shoplifting is easy to get away with and that getting caught isn’t a big deal anyway. With cameras and security placed around most stores, especially during the holidays, getting caught shoplifting is highly likely. And even misdemeanor shoplifting charges can lead to jail time, probation, fines, and civil liabilities in the form of paying for the property that was stolen, often with additional penalties.

A shoplifting conviction can have long-lasting consequences in a young person’s life. A misdemeanor conviction can limit your job opportunities, limit housing or rental options, and even lead to loss of scholarships. Many employers might even consider someone with a shoplifting conviction untrustworthy.  An experienced defense attorney can often work to try to get charges reduced to ensure a future full of opportunities instead of roadblocks.


The most common form of shoplifting is simply taking an item from a store without paying for it. But charges can be brought for multiple forms of theft, such as: 

  • Leaving the store without paying for merchandise
  • Removing tags in the store
  • Changing tags to a lower price in the store
  • Misrepresenting items during self-checkout
  • Hiding or concealing merchandise (even without leaving the store’s premises)
  • Removing theft-detection devices

In some instances you can be charged with shoplifting even if you didn’t make it to the register or exit the store. If the value of the stolen items exceeds $500, then felony charges can be filed, and if multiple items are stolen over the course of several days, the combined total of the items can easily lead to felony charges. 

At Ghanouni Teen & Young Adult Defense Firm, we specialize in protecting your future by exploring options to have shoplifting charges dismissed or sealed. Please call our office today at 770-824-9268 to arrange an initial consultation. If you aren’t ready to schedule your consultation, then click here to download our complimentary ebook 5 Things Not to Do When You’ve Been Charged with a Crime to learn what you need to know to start protecting your future immediately.

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