Petty Theft & Other Theft Laws
Here's the nuts and bolts of this common theft crime.
Serious Petty Theft: "Petty with a Prior" and Burglary
Petty theft can become a very serious charge.
Shoplifting is a serious crime that can result in jail time, fines, restitution, and civil liability.
Security Guards Who Wrongly Arrest Shoppers
Private security guards may be sued in civil court.
Demand Letter Mills in Shoplifting Cases
Learn about demand letters and what action you should take if you receive one.
Can I be convicted of shoplifting when I never left the store with the merchandise?
Proving that the defendant intended to keep the item can be done by showing that he left without paying for it--but that's not the only way.
If I can pay for the items, can I avoid a charge of shoplifting?
Ability to pay for the stolen items won't defeat a charge of shoplifting.
Should I Just Plead Guilty to Shoplifting?
It is almost never a good idea to plead guilty at your first court appearance without checking to see if there are alternatives to a criminal conviction. Criminal convictions tend to follow you for...
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