How The Seriousness Of A Shoplifting Charge Is Determined

September 8, 2008 by  
Category: Theft

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There are many reasons why people shoplift. Some people are ill, some are hungry, but some are just doing it for the challenge and can’t resist when the opportunity presents itself. Does the amount stolen make a difference in how the charge is treated? For instance, is the charge viewed differently if it’s a couple […]

The Range Of Sentencing In Cases Involving Shoplifting

September 4, 2008 by  
Category: Theft

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The range of sentencing on a charge of theft covers a wide range. At the low end, you might get the charges withdrawn because you do community service or make a charitable donation. You can get a discharge, which means you don’t have a criminal conviction entered on your record. A discharge is invaluable because […]

The Rights Of Store Owners In Cases Of Suspected Shoplifting

September 4, 2008 by  
Category: Theft

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Store owners should have reasonable and probable grounds before they accuse anybody of doing anything, whether it’s stealing a chocolate bar or stealing something much more significant. What rights do store owners have? The store owners or private security people can make a Citizen’s Arrest. They have no greater or lesser authority than a private […]

The Range Of Sentencing For Shoplifting

September 4, 2008 by  
Category: Theft

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When you receive a diversion in a case of shoplifting, or theft under $5000, the charges are withdrawn and there are no criminal consequences whatsoever. You will sign a document taking responsibility for what you have done and probably pay a fine or do community service. If you plead guilty to a charge of shoplifting, […]

What Usually Happens When Someone Is Caught Shoplifting

September 4, 2008 by  
Category: Theft

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Most people are caught shoplifting by a store’s security staff. They are usually undercover, not in uniform, and hired by the store to keep a watch on suspicious characters. Store security wait until the person who has stolen items walks past the cash register without paying. The person does not necessarily have to leave the […]

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