Effective Petty Theft Lawyer Representing the Rights of Greenville Residents
Petty theft, also knows as petit larceny according to South Carolina criminal statutes, is the stealing of property valuing less than $2,000. The punishment for petty theft is a misdemeanor charge, up to 30 days in jail or a fine of $1,000, or both. Working with an experienced criminal defense attorney like Richard Warder is your best chance at avoiding jail time.
Shoplifting typically falls under the petty theft umbrella, unless someone is able to steal more than $2,000 in merchandise. If you are caught shoplifting, not only are you subject to the criminal charges listed above, you must also face a civil court proceeding and may be liable for repaying the owner of the establishment in proportion to the amount that you stole. If the items stolen are not recoverable or cannot be resold, you may owe the business owner up to $1,500 to pay for the item(s), as well as additional monetary penalties in some cases.
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Getting caught red-handed can be a humiliating and stressful experience. Or perhaps you’ve been accused of stealing when you did nothing wrong. Either way, we will defend your rights and fight for justice.