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Shoplifting charges should be taken seriously

Shoplifting is a serious matter that can’t be taken lightly. If you’re facing charges for this crime, make sure that you take them seriously. There are many nuances that come with this type of theft, so learning about the specifics of the case might be helpful as you build your defense.

One point to remember is that you can’t accidentally shoplift items from a merchant. There has to be an element of intent. This is usually established by the fact that a person will hide merchandise or change the price tag on an item. Both of these are illegal because they deprive the owner of the goods from the profit they are due while taking the goods out of the store.

You should know that you can also face shoplifting charges just by concealing the items even if you don’t try to leave the store with them. This is usually construed as having intent to take it. When you’re accused of shoplifting, the value of the merchandise has a role in how the situation is handled.

If you’re arrested, you need to know what type of charges you’re facing. You’ll need to handle a misdemeanor in a much different manner than you handle a felony, so be sure you’re considering this when you plan your defense.

A shoplifting charge might not seem too significant, but it can have serious impacts throughout your life. You may find that a conviction prevents you from being able to hold certain jobs or living in certain places. Factor these collateral consequences into your defense strategy.

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John Patrick Ryan has been practicing law for over 20 years. Experienced in criminal law. U.S. Navy Veteran.