Contact Us


Shoplifting / Theft Charges

Shoplifting and other theft offenses provide escalating penalties – depending on the dollar value involved and the number of prior offenses.

Shoplifting (or retail theft) includes taking, carrying away, transferring or causing merchandise to be carried away or transferred with the intention of depriving the merchant of the benefit and full value of the merchandise. There is a presumption that when merchandise is intentionally concealed (either inside or outside the premises of the retailer) it has been concealed with the intention of depriving the merchant of the benefit and full value of the merchandise. Retail theft includes removing, altering or destroying an inventory control tag or security control device.

Retailers or their agents who have probable cause to believe a retail theft has occurred or is occurring may detain the suspect in a reasonable manner for a reasonable time and to ascertain the identity, determine if the merchandise is on his/her possession and to recover such merchandise, and inform a police officer or institute criminal proceedings against the suspect.

Retail theft is graded a summary offense if it is a first offense and the value of the merchandise is less than $150.00. If the retail theft is a second offense and its value is less than $150.00 it is graded a misdemeanor of the second degree. If the retail theft is a first of second offense and the value of the merchandise is $150.00 or more, the offense is graded a misdemeanor of the first degree. A third offense, regardless of the dollar value, is graded a felony of the third degree. If the amount involved is in excess of $2,000.00, the retail theft is graded a felony of the third degree.

Shoplifters will be fingerprinted and a record of the arrest will be provided to the Pennsylvania State Repository. Any future arrest will include a check for the fingerprint records and the offense will be graded accordingly.

Shoplifting can involve compulsive and addictive behaviors. A good source of information on the causes of and solutions for shoplifting can be obtained at www.shopliftingprevention.org.

Theft, other than retail theft, involving a dollar value in excess of $2,000.00 or property such as a car, motorcycle or other motor-propelled vehicle is graded a felony of the third degree. Theft of items with dollar values between $200.00 and $2,000.00 are graded a misdemeanor of the first degree; dollar values between $50.00 and $200.00 are graded a misdemeanor of the second degree; dollar values below $50.00 are graded a misdemeanor of the third degree.

It is important to contact Attorney Carole Hendrick as soon as you are arrested to ensure your rights will be protected. Call 610-489-0295 or click here.

I'm walking 60 miles to help find the cure for breast cancer! Click to help me out.
Join me in the fight against breast cancer

 

Did you know...
"If you do not have a Will, State law dictates what will happen to your possessions and who will be responsible for their distribution."

Know your Rights

 

Testimonial
"I recommend Attorney Hendrick for any legal matter. She knows her stuff, but most importantly she puts her heart into her job. If you need legal matters done right Attorney Hendrick is the one to get."