Teenagers push the limits on many things, both in school or outside of school. Some teenagers even choose to make unfortunate decisions that result in them receiving a criminal record. Stealing something as a teenager can lead to criminal repercussions for which they may not be prepared. If you or your child find yourself in this situation, seek legal advice and representation. Contact an experienced Birmingham criminal defense attorney so that we can help.
Juveniles and Shoplifting
In Alabama, shoplifting is considered a theft of property crime and is defined as the taking of property of another without that person consenting to the taking and with the intent to deprive the true property owner of the property. The theft of property crime is broken down into three different forms, each with varying degrees of punishment, depending on the value of the property that was taken.
- When property is taken and the value of the property exceeds $2,500, the crime is considered theft of property in the first degree.
- When property is between $500 and $2,500, the crime is considered theft of property in the second degree; and
- Any theft of property crime that does not exceed $500 in value is considered a third degree crime resulting in a Class A Misdemeanor.
When juveniles are convicted of theft, the court will look to whether they are considered a first time offender or repeat offender. Depending on their case, punishment can include probation; having to attend counseling; paying restitution to the owner for the value of the property; or if it was a first offense, the judge could simply release the child into the parents’ custody.
Because the juvenile courts have a wide range of discretion in these cases, it is in your best interest to seek legal advice and representation so that your child has someone advocating for him or her in court.
Need Legal Advice?
Teenagers will make immature mistakes, but doing so can subject them to harsh realities if they are charged and convicted of shoplifting. Still, there may be defenses applicable to your child’s case. If this situation pertains to you, it is important to seek legal advice and representation. If you or a loved one has been charged with shoplifting, contact an experienced criminal law attorney at Massey, Stotser, & Nichols, PC to help you with your case.