Palm Beach County Shoplifting



Leifert & Leifert has been representing clients facing shoplifting and retail theft cases throughout Palm Beach County since 1995.  Our experience as former Palm Beach County prosecutors along with decades of experience defending shoplifting cases makes us uniquely qualified to defend your case.

Shoplifting cases in Palm Beach county are criminal cases handled in one of four courthouses located in West Palm Beach, Delray Beach Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade.


Shoplifting, also called retail theft, is the crime of stealing items from a retail store. Florida law does not have a separate shoplifting statute, but shoplifters are charged under general theft laws.


In Florida, shoplifting is charged as petty theft or grand theft. The penalties become more severe depending on how valuable the stolen items are. For example, stealing items valued at less than $100 is petty (“petit”) theft in the second degree, and is a misdemeanor offense with a sentence of up to 60 days in jail. Theft of merchandise worth more than $100 and less than $300 is first degree petit theft, with a sentence of up to 364 days in Palm Beach County jail.


If the retail merchandise stolen is worth over $300 but under $5000, the charge will be grand theft in the third degree, which is a felony offense punishable by five years in Florida prison.


Clearly, a conviction for shoplifting or retail theft in Palm Beach County can have a damaging effect on your reputation, your job prospects, family, reputation, and well-being. A theft conviction can severely hinder your ability to keep and secure future employment.


If you are charged with shoplifting, you need to have the most experienced Palm Beach County and qualified retail theft defense lawyer possible to handle your case. For more than 50 years, the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert have provided effective, aggressive criminal defense representation for clients in the Palm Beach County area, as well as throughout Florida.


Our attorneys are former Palm Beach County prosecutors who are thoroughly knowledgeable about Florida shoplifting laws. Our prior experience as prosecutors has equipped us with the resources we need to effectively present your defense. We are routinely in Palm Beach County court defending clients in shoplifting cases.


The attorneys at Leifert & Leifert will always try to pursue alternative resolutions to sentencing; for one, you might be eligible to seal or expunge a shoplifting disposition. Palm Beach County offers alternative programs for first-time offenders such as pre-trial intervention or pre-trial diversion, where your shoplifting charges will be dismissed upon completion of the program.


If you have recently been arrested or are facing shoplifting and retail theft charges, it is crucial to have an experienced, aggressive attorney defending your case. For more than 50 years, the Palm Beach shoplifting defense attorneys at Leifert & Leifert have built a record of success defending clients in Palm Beach County, and all over Florida. At Leifert & Leifert, we are dedicated to defending your rights and finding alternative solutions so that our clients can continue on with their personal and professional lives. We will do our best to get your sentence reduced or your charges dismissed, and/or have a conviction removed from your record. Our firm is dedicated to providing the highest quality, aggressive representation, and we will work tirelessly to fight for your interests.

If you require legal assistance regarding shoplifting and retail theft charges, please contact the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert by calling (561) 988-8000, or fill out and submit our online Contact Us form to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Palm Beach County shoplifting defense attorney.

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