Shoplifting is a Misdemeanor in Connecticut
Many clients who contact our office about a shoplifting arrest do not think that it is an “arrest” because, in most cases, the police do not put handcuffs on you and bring you to the police station. Rather, most of the time, the police will issue you a misdemeanor summons and complaint ticket. Because these summonses resemble traffic tickets, many people erroneously assume that the fact they were issued a black book ticket means that they were not arrested. On the contrary, a shoplifting charge is usually larceny in the 6th degree, a criminal offense. The difference between larceny in the 6th C.G.S. 53a-125b and larceny in the 5th degree C.G.S. 53a-125a depends on the value of the items alleged to have been stolen. Larceny in the 6th degree covers alleged thefts up to $500 larceny in the 5th-degree covers thefts over $500 to a maximum of $1,000. These are both considered crimes of moral turpitude as they relate to the honesty and trustworthiness of an individual. As such, it is important when charged with shoplifting to contact the best Stamford criminal attorney to explore the best way to get your case resolved without obtaining a criminal record for shoplifting.
In some situations, a good criminal defense attorney can convince the State’s Attorney to nolle or drop the charge based upon mitigating circumstances. In other cases, it may be necessary to use a diversionary program such as the accelerated rehabilitation program. The best course of action is to review the circumstances of your case with an experienced attorney to plan the best approach to resolving your case.