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I’m looking for information about a shoplifting charge

Last reviewed in August 2018 by the Clicklaw Editors

You shoplift if you intend to take something that doesn’t belong to you from a store without paying for it, and you do so, or try to.

Good starting points include:

  • Shoplifting, from People's Law School, describes what the charge of shoplifting is, what might happen, and what your options are.  
  • Defending Yourself: Theft Under $5,000, from the Legal Services Society, is a guide for people who want to plead not guilty to a charge of theft under $5000. It describes what theft under $5,000 is, what the prosecutor must prove in court, how you can defend yourself, the sentence you could get if the judge finds you guilty.

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