Organized Retail Theft in Arizona
Organized retail theft in Arizona is a serious charge and can result in a permanent felony conviction, prison sentence or lengthy term of probation. However, with the help of a skilled Arizona criminal defense lawyer, your chances of success in court will drastically increase.
Here at Tait & Hall, we have decades of experience and extremely knowledgeable attorneys that can help you navigate the court system with ease.
How Arizona Law Classifies Organized Retail Theft
Organized retail theft can be committed in two ways:
- By removing merchandise from a retail establishment without paying the purchase price with the intent to resell or trade the merchandise for money or for other value
- By using an artifice, instrument, container, device or other article to facilitate the removal of merchandise from a retail establishment without paying the purchase price
If you face organized retail theft charges in Arizona, you need to contact an aggressive attorney as soon as possible.
The Most Common Occurances of Retail Theft in Arizona
We often see someone charged with organized retail theft charges, usually in one of two scenarios:
First, we often see retail theft charges result when someone gets caught shoplifting from a store, and police later determine that the person is reselling the items. Given the considerable number of places to sell items online (eBay, Craigslist, Offerup, Facebook marketplace), police often search these online marketplaces for evidence of the stolen items offered for sale. They then use a variety of surveillance and investigation tactics to link those postings to a specific individual.
Secondly, retail theft charges often occur when someone uses something like a bag to conceal an item they have shoplifted. For example, we have seen circumstances where someone shoplifted or attempted to shoplift a $40 item. However, because they put it in a bag to conceal it, the individual faces felony charges (organized retail theft) instead of a misdemeanor (theft or shoplifting).
Using a bag certainly doesn’t mean that someone who steals a $40 item deserves a felony on their record forever. For this reason, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer if you face organized retail theft charges.
Arizona Theft & Criminal Defense Lawyers
Experienced in Defending Against a Wide Array of Charges
Here at Tait & Hall, we have defended numerous individuals against organized retail theft charges. Our lawyers have decades of combined experience representing individuals facing criminal charges across Arizona. We know how to protect your rights in cases of retail theft and other theft crimes, and know when law enforcement has crossed the line.
Call Tait & Hall today to get started.
Our team of Arizona criminal defense lawyers have successfully argued or negotiated with prosecutors in cases like the ones described above to have the charges dropped or reduced to a misdemeanor.
Call our Phoenix office at (480) 405-6767 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.