Shoplifting is not just stealing from a business, it is also switching containers, or paying less than the worth of an item, or even switching price tags to get a lower price. Shoplifting less than $1,000.00 of merchandise is considered a Class 1 Misdemeanor (A.R.S. 13-1805) and can result in a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail and up to $2,500 in fines. As the value of the items taken increases, the fines, and potential incarceration increase as well.
Criminal damage is the reckless destruction of the property of another (A.R.S. 13-1602 and 13- 1604). Examples of criminal damage include graffiti, smashing windows, slashing tires, destroying mailboxes, throwing eggs, and keying cars. Even though some of these activities seem like pranks, if you are convicted you will be held legally accountable.
Criminal damage charges can range from a Class 2 Misdemeanor up to a Class 4 Felony. In addition to the potential for jail time, fines, court fees, or probation, a person convicted of criminal damage can expect to be ordered by the Court to pay restitution to the victim. That restitution order can be enforced by the contempt power of the Court or as a hold on property against future earnings.