Picture of Attorney
Justia Lawyer Rating


Shoplifting Criminal Defense Attorney

Whether you have been charged with shoplifting, a theft crime, forgery, or any other white-collar crime, our Firm has the knowledge and experience to defend your case. With over 20 years’ experience in criminal litigation, Mr. Buckallew has handled a wide variety of white-collar crimes in most courts throughout the Valley, and he has the expertise to defend your rights and provide you with experienced legal representation in court. If you have been arrested and are facing shoplifting charges, it is critical to contact a Phoenix shoplifting attorney to discuss your case before making any decisions. Many shoplifting crimes are charged as felonies and having a felony conviction can result in many unintended consequences, including loss of gun rights, voting rights, and difficulty seeking meaningful employment, among others.  The Law Offices of Trent R. Buckallew, PC provides you with a free initial consultation on all pending criminal cases to discuss legal options to resolve your case.

Shoplifting Lawyer Serving Tempe, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler & the Entire Valley

Multiple activities constitute shoplifting, including stealing goods from a store, removing or altering price tags so the item registers at a lower amount than its original price and attempting to conceal items in your purse or clothing. Penalties upon conviction of shoplifting vary depending on the value of the item(s) in controversy, and even the penalties for first time offenses can be onerous:

Up to 6 months in jail for items valued at less than $1,000 – Class 1 Misdemeanor
Up to 1 year in jail for items $1,000 or more but less than $2,000 – Class 6 Felony
Up to 1 ½ years in jail for items that are worth at least $2,000 – Class 5 Felony
1 year in jail for shoplifting a firearm, regardless of its value – Class 6 Felony
Up to 1 year in jail if a person, during the course of shoplifting, uses an artifice or device with intent to facilitate shoplifting, or if a person has been convicted within the past five years of two or more offenses involving shoplifting, theft, organized retail theft, burglary or robbery - Class 4 Felony

Penalties can be increasingly harsher for individuals who have prior shoplifting or other criminal convictions so it is important to discuss your options with a knowledgeable and experienced shoplifting attorney before making any decisions in your case. 

Phoenix Shoplifting Lawyer 

If you have been arrested for shoplifting, it is recommended that you consult with an attorney prior to answering any questions or issuing any statements regarding your case to law enforcement, if possible. If charges are ultimately filed, your attorney will conduct a thorough investigation of the case, interview witnesses and identify any possible legal or procedural weaknesses in your case. Any deficiencies identified in the case can be used to undermine the State's case and negotiations can lead to a more favorable resolution in your case. Shoplifting charges can result in very serious consequences, and it is advised that you contact the Firm to discuss your options for case resolution.

Contact a Phoenix shoplifting lawyer to obtain experienced legal counsel when facing charges.
Client Reviews
We hired Trent Buckallew to represent our son following a second MIP ticket he received while in college. Mr. Buckallew kept us informed throughout all proceedings and helped us receive the satisfactory outcome of dropped charges in exchange for taking an alcohol awareness class. He was personable, knowledgeable and treated our small case with care and compassion. We would highly recommend him to anyone in need of representation. SR
Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into the case against (client's name). We sincerely appreciate the great job you did. We are praying this is the end of it. Thanks again so very much. This was such a difficult time for our family. LN
I'm finally 100% clear of the problem that started our relationship. I cannot thank you enough for handling my case and expungement. I have a great sense of new beginnings and don't have to let my past affect my future. My freedom is priceless. TM
I appreciate everything you were able to accomplish for my father and will certainly be referring Mr. Buckallew to anyone I know who may be in need of an excellent criminal defense attorney. CM
Trent handled cases for me on two different occasions involving tickets for seat belt violations in commercial vehicles. Very happy with results. All charges dismissed. One case in Flagstaff and one case in Gilbert Court. KF