Theft-related (Retail Fraud) Offenses


There are varying degrees of Retail fraud

    First Degree Retail Fraud - Felony Charge

    If the value of the stolen merchandise is $1,000 or more, you could face up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 or up to 3 times the value of the merchandise, whichever is greater. This offense is also charged if you have a prior theft conviction, and the value of the stolen merchandise for the current retail fraud offense is $200 or more. The maximum penalty can increase if you are charged as a habitual offender due to one or more prior felony convictions.

    Second Degree Retail Fraud - Misdemeanor Charge

    If the value of the merchandise is at least $200, but under $1,000, you could face up to 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000 or 3 times the value of the merchandise, whichever is greater. If you already have a prior conviction for retail fraud at the time of a newly charged retail fraud offense, the prosecution can charge Second Degree Retail Fraud even when the value of the merchandise is under $200.

    Third Degree Retail Fraud - Misdemeanor Charge

    If the value of the merchandise is under $200, you could face up to 93 days in jail and a fine of up to $500 or 3 times the value of the merchandise, whichever is greater.

    Organized Retail Fraud - Felony Charge

    Organized retail fraud is a relatively new law defined as shoplifting with the intent of reselling the stolen goods, and is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years and a fine of $5,000.