Dedicated Shoplifting Defense in Minneapolis

shutterstock_40679440[1]Shoplifting — sometimes referred to as retail theft — is one of the most commonly prosecuted theft crimes. Although citations, arrests and convictions are frequent, there are numerous scenarios and circumstances for which alleged offenders may be entirely innocent. Misidentifications and genuine mistakes are among the most common examples of the situations that lead to these allegations. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your case or the case of your loved one, it is essential that you understand that these are real charges that pose serious criminal consequences.

Minnesota Theft Laws

Minnesota enforces a number of laws prohibiting acts which may constitute shoplifting. Minnesota Statutes § 609.52 states that any of the following acts can subject a person to theft charges:

  • Intentionally taking, using, transferring, concealing or retaining proper of another without consent and with intent to deprive the owner permanently of the property
  • Altering or removing identification numbers on property
  • Obtaining the possession, custody or title through false representation
  • Obtaining property or services by swindling or deception
  • Intentionally obtaining property our of a money operated machine without depositing money

What are the penalties for shoplifting in Minnesota?

Charges and penalties can vary depending on the circumstances involved and your prior criminal history. In any case, you can expect fines, possible terms of imprisonment and a criminal conviction on your record. The penalties are also heightened as the value of the property stolen increases and if you have been previously been convicted of retail theft in the past. Talk to a Minneapolis criminal defense attorney about your case.

Generally, penalties may be distributed as follows:

  • Stolen property valued at less than $500 can result in misdemeanor convictions, up to 90 days in jail and fines up to $1,000
  • Srolen property valued between $500 and $1,000 can increase penalties to a maximum of one year in jail and $3,000 in fines
  • Stolen property valued at more than $1,000 could lead to felony charges, up to five years in prison and fine up to $10,000
  • Stolen property valued more than $5,000 could result in felony convictions, up to 10 years imprisonment and fines of up to $20,000

Our firm fights for you!

If you or a loved one is facing allegations for shoplifting, I encourage you to schedule a free case evaluation with the team at Grostyan & Associates, PLC to learn more about the ways in which we are prepared to aggressively and intelligently defend you. At my firm, you can be confident that I apply every aspect of my experience, dedication and legal knowledge when fighting for your future.

Although shoplifting charges may seem inconsequential or insignificant, these charges pose serious criminal penalties and permanent criminal records that can negatively impact your future. With the legal skills and strategies needed to dismiss or reduce these types of charges, I can effectively work toward obtaining the most favorable resolution possible.

Contact a Minneapolis criminal defense attorney from Grostyan & Associates, PLC today.