Penalties for shoplifting MA
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Shoplifting is usually considered a misdemeanor. If the items shoplifted are worth more than a certain dollar amount, the offense could possibly be considered a felony and may be prosecuted at the federal level, in which case the charge is most likely changed to larceny or theft.
Obviously, a first offense almost always carries a lighter penalty than repeat offenses; but, of course, many aspects are taken into consideration, and every situation is a little different so it may be a good idea to consult a shoplifting defense lawyer.
Penalties for shoplifting MA might include:
• Jail Time
• Community Service
• Mandatory Counseling
You don’t necessarily have to leave the business with the merchandise in order to be charged with shoplifting. The action can be an attempt to steal the item or items and still be considered shoplifting. The owners of the business are legally allowed to hold you there until an officer of the law takes over. Usually, the judge will take into account the circumstances of the situation and may adjust the penalty based on his judgment.
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