Q: What should the punishment for misdemeanor shop lifting?
First offense less than $70
A: As a first offense, the maximum punishment for misdemeanor theft by shoplifting (valued at less than $500) may include up to 12 months confinement in jail, $1000 fine, and/or restitution. However, I recommend you speak with a criminal defense attorney (or your appointed attorney) to get the best possible resolution for your case, which often is more favorable compared to the maximum punishment. Best of luck.
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