Shoplifting and Retail Theft

Murfreesboro theft crime lawyer

Shoplifting is one of the most common theft crimes committed in Tennessee and around the country. Despite how often it occurs and how seemingly harmless it may be in the greater picture, the criminal justice system does not hesitate to harshly punish those convicted of retail theft. If you are standing accused of shoplifting in Tennessee, team up with a Murfreesboro criminal defense attorney today.

Take a quick look at some of Joshua T. Crain’s many accomplishments:

  • 10.0 “Superb” Avvo rating
  • Highly recommended by past clients
  • Former Assistant District Attorney General
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer by National Trial Lawyers (2014 & 2015)

Fast, smart, and responsive defense will be necessary if you want to effectively challenge your shoplifting charges. While Mr. Crain always aims to get a case dismissal or not guilty verdict, he can also discuss plea bargains with you if that would be the best option. Attorney Crain is always thinking outside the box to find the right solution, and he wants you to be up-to-speed for every part of the process.

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Shoplifting Conviction Penalties 

Many people who have been arrested for shoplifting falsely come to the conclusion that giving up and accepting the penalties is the best option. A judge will not be swayed by your admittance of guilt or your remorse. Furthermore, any sentencing should be abated if possible, as the criminal justice system will often dole out penalties that are arguably far too severe for the crimes they are meant to punish.

Charged with retail theft? Consider the penalties before you plead guilty:

  • Hundreds of dollars in fines
  • Days, weeks, or months in jail
  • Community service
  • Probation period

Fines and jail time can increase considerably depending on the price of the item that was allegedly stolen. Something that costs several hundred dollars, such as a display laptop, for example, may trigger thousands in fines and almost a year behind bars. Additionally, theft crimes often include mandatory restitution paid back to the alleged victim. Monetary restitution is usually equal to $500 or three-times the cost of the item, whichever is greater.

Why Choose Joshua T. Crain as your attorney?

With a 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating and ranking among The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Mr. Crain knows what it takes to obtain a favorable outcome for your case. He has handled thousands of cases successfully and has earned a long list of positive reviews from satisfied clients.


During your initial consultation, Mr. Crain will help you understand how the law applies to your situation and provide you with a clear path forward. Making use of the right legal strategies in your family law case is every bit as important as knowing the law, which is why hiring an experienced Murfreesboro family law attorney is of critical importance.

Schedule your consultation today and call (615) 200-9409 or contact our firm online.