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Although shoplifting is not a specified crime under Tennessee law, it is a recognized generic term for theft of merchandise under $500.00. Shoplifting is a class A misdemeanor which is punishable by a fine not to exceed $2,500.00 and a jail term not to exceed 11 months and 29 days. Most people think that a misdemeanor conviction is no big deal. Beware shoplifting is a crime of dishonesty and many employers will not hire an individual with a permanent conviction on their record. I have defended many shoplifting cases over the past 18 years without the arrest resulting in a permanent conviction.  

If you need help with a pending shoplifting charge, give me a call at 615-345-1988.  I have over 17 years of criminal defense experience and I know how to get results.  

Notable Tennessee Theft and Shoplifting Cases

Shoplifting client avoids conviction and jail time. My client was charged with theft of property under $500.00 (shoplifting) in Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee when a Loss Prevention Officer noticed him conceal merchandise under this jacket. He admitted to the attempt to steal merchandise and Franklin Police Department charged him with violating Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-14-103 Theft/Shoplifting. A plea agreement was reached in Williamson County, General Sessions Court where my client was granted diversion under Tennessee Code Annotated 40-35-313 and he avoided both a permanent criminal conviction and jail time. Case Number 12-082.

Nashville defendant avoids theft convictions in two cases. My client was charged with theft of property after he received two misdemeanor citations from two local big box retailers. His name showed up on an arrest database after security ran his photo identification because he had a prior theft charge earlier in the year. Despite his prior criminal history, a plea was reached where the defendant avoided jail time and he is eligible to have his record expunged after his 11 month and 29 day probation is over. Case number 13-043.

Mother charged with shoplifting avoids conviction and jail time. My client was charged with shoplifting at Cool Springs Galleria in Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee. The loos prevention officer alleged that my client concealed three items valued at $170.00 and exited the store without paying for the items. The Assistant District Attorney assigned to the case was deeply concerned with my client's actions because she had three young children with her. He would agree to diversion and pushed for jail time. After a sentencing hearing, I argued for diversion and no jail time. The Judge agreed with my position. As a result, my client avoided jail and a permanent criminal record. Case Number 10-072.

Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee student avoids shoplifting conviction. My client was arrested for shoplifting. She concealed a necklace valued at approximately $35.00 and exited Belks at Cools Springs Galleria in Franklin, Tennessee without payment. A plea was reached were my clients record was expunged after completion of probation. Case number 09-098.

Nashville shoplifting charge expunged. My client had a long history of theft and shoplifting charges. He was a very nice gentleman who had been diagnosed with a mental disorder that compelled him to shoplift. He had gone several years without any incidents. I recommend him return to counseling. After showing the DA his progress in therapy, there agreed to dismiss the charges upon the successful completion of an educational class. Case number 09-081.

Franklin cools springs galleria shoplifting charge. My client was charged with violating Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-14-103 (theft under $500.00). The arresting officer alleged that my client concealed a shirt while in Macy's at Cool Springs and then passed all points of purchase. A plea resulted in the charges being dismissed and my client avoided a theft conviction. Case number 09-066.

Client avoids jail time and a permanent Criminal conviction on Nashville shoplifting charges. My client was arresting in conjunction for two separate shoplifting charges from a local mall merchant and a big box retailer. These incidents occurred on separate dates. My client hired me because she was worried about these theft charges appearing on her permanent record. She feared these charges would hamper her future employment opportunities. After examining her case and explaining her circumstances to the prosecuting attorney, a plea to pre-trial diversion was reached and my client avoided a permanent criminal conviction and jail time. After the successful completion of probation, her record will be sealed from public view. Case number 13-041.

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-Lee Martin is a Nashville criminal defense lawyer who has gained national recognition as a criminal defense attorney.  With over a decade of experience, he knows how to get results in shoplifting cases.  If you are seeking an experienced criminal defense attorney, use his experiences to your advantage.  If you need help with pending theft or shoplifting charges, give him a call at 615-345-1988.

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