What is retail theft and is it serious?
Many people have stories of shoplifting little things as teenagers. Well, those might be considered “the good old days” of shoplifting. In recent years, detection systems have gotten better, the punishments have gotten harsher, and the effect on one’s life can be devastating.
Retail theft is defined as stealing anything from a shop or store. From a pack of gum to a big screen TV, these crimes happen often and so do the arrests.
But it’s just shoplifting? Who’s the victim?
You and me. Every dollar this stolen from a store needs to be made up. It’s done by raising prices on the goods that we buy. In essence, every time someone steals something from a store, you get to pay a little piece of it. Even if the store uses their insurance to repay the costs, the insurance company will charge all of their customers more. The stores will pass that charge on and guess who gets to pay it.
What if I am accused of retail theft?
You deserve a great defense. You need an attorney who understands how the system works and how to keep you from being wrongly accused.
With a retail theft charge leveled against you, you need the help of an experienced aggravated battery lawyer. Whether your case is brought in Benton or Harrisburg, you need an experienced criminal lawyer to help guide you through the review of the evidence. Dan Kay has experience helping clients with shoplifting cases. In Southern Illinois, no one has as much experience with retail theft cases as Dan Kay.
Give us a call today and let us assist you.
Recent examples of the types of cases where retail theft charges were filed:
- Herrin – A 49-year old woman was sentenced to three years in jail for stealing $300 worth items from a Marion boutique. She must also pay back the $300 and court costs. She received the maximum sentence.
- Plainfield – A man was charged with retail theft along with damage to state property, assaulting a police officer, and evading arrest. Often, cases that start as retail theft will explode into major crimes because the accused fights to not be arrested.
(All of the accused are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. These stories are proved to illustrate the severe nature of aggravated battery and are not necessarily cases handled by the Office of Daniel Kay, Attorney.)