Boston Shoplifting Attorney
Massachusetts Shoplifting Issues
Most people who shoplift aren’t career criminals, but are just people who got caught doing something against their better judgment. With the economy the way it is, many people find that they are doing things they never imagined before to get by. Today you see more cases in which people are trying to steal every day essentials like groceries and diapers than ever before. The problem remains that shoplifting is still a crime no matter the reason for the person’s actions.
Massachusetts Shoplifting Laws
There are many different ways of that the prosecution can proved that a person shoplifted. Essentially, in a shoplifting case the prosecution needs to prove that the defendant took possession or carried away an item with the intent of depriving the owner of the item. The most common ways of shoplifting is when the defendant tries to pretend the items are paid for or tries to conceal the item and take it out of the store.
Massachusetts Shoplifting Penalties
There are many different levels of penalties for a person convicted of shoplifting. The severity of shoplifting penalties depends on the number of offense the defendant is charged. If the defendant is convicted with first offense shoplifting, the defendant must pay at least $100 fine and up to a $250 fine. If the defendant is convicted of a second offense shoplifting, the defendant pay at least a $100 fine and up to a $500 fine.
If the defendant is convicted of a third or subsequent offense, the defendant can pay up to a $500 fine and or be put in jail for not more than 2 years. If the item stolen was over $100, the defendant can face up to a $1,000 fine or be sentenced up to 2 ½ years. Aside from the criminal charges, the store could also try to recover civil damages from the defendant.
Massachusetts Shoplifting Criminal Lawyer
Shoplifting may seem like an innocent crime, but depending on the offense the penalties can be severe. There are many times in which misunderstandings end with people being charged with shoplifting. It is important that you have an experience defense attorney on your side. Attorney Chan has prosecuted and defended a lot these cases in Massachusetts. Attorney Chan will create an aggressive defensive strategy for your case.
Call Attorney Jason Chan today at 508-808-8902 to talk about your shoplifting case.