Federal Shoplifting in Columbus, Georgia

Any crime that occurs on or in a military installation, national park, government building or any other area owned by the federal government is considered a federal crime. This means that the accused will be tried in federal district court, rather than state court.

The crime of shoplifting is no exception—especially when it comes to those who steal from a military post.

Penalties for Active Duty Military

Military personnel convicted of stealing on post can face the following penalties:

  • Reduction in rank
  • Loss of pay and allowance
  • Letter of reprimand
  • A dishonorable discharge
  • An Article 15
  • Jail time
  • Administrative fee of $200

Off post shoplifting charges can result in being prosecuted in civilian court, military court or both.

Civilian Penalties

There is no specific federal case law regarding shoplifting. As a result, if you are charged with this crime at the federal level in Georgia, state law will apply even though the case will be heard in federal court.

Penalties for a shoplifting conviction are based on the amount of the stolen property. For example:

  • Combined value of $300 or less: $1,000 maximum fine, one year maximum jail sentence
  • Combined value of $300 or more: fines assessed by the court, one to 10 years in jail