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Question: wat happens on your second charge of shoplifting?

Answer:

See Title 13 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, which contains the criminal code. A.R.S. § 13-1805 defines shoplifting and explains possible consequences.  The statute says:

  • Shoplifting property with a value of two thousand dollars or more, shoplifting property during any continuing criminal episode or shoplifting property if done to promote, further or assist any criminal street gang or criminal syndicate is a class 5 felony.
  • Shoplifting property with a value of one thousand dollars or more but less than two thousand dollars is a class 6 felony.
  • Shoplifting property valued at less than one thousand dollars is a class 1 misdemeanor, unless the property is a firearm in which case the shoplifting is a class 6 felony.
  • A person who in the course of shoplifting uses an artifice, instrument, container, device or other article with the intent to facilitate shoplifting or who commits shoplifting and who has previously committed or been convicted within the past five years of two or more offenses involving burglary, shoplifting, robbery, organized retail theft or theft is guilty of a class 4 felony.

A.R.S. § 13-702 discusses sentencing for first time felony offenders, A.R.S. § 13-707 discusses sentencing for misdemeanors.

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