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What acts are considered shoplifting?

Some may view taking something that does not belong to you as a simple and harmless act. However, this can be a serious and impactful act. In some cases, individuals or stores can suffer greatly because another person has stolen from them. Nonetheless, being accused of stealing is a difficult predicament to be in, as it can shape how others view the accused, even impacting their reputation. Therefore, it is important to understand what this crime entails and how one could defend him or herself against such accusations.

What acts are considered shoplifting? According to Virginia law, shoplifting occurs when a person, without the authority to do so and with the intention to convert the goods or merchandise as his or her own, This is done without having paid for the goods or has defrauded the owner of the value of the goods of merchandise.

One could be accused of shoplifting is they willfully conceal or takes possession of goods or merchandise of a store. One could also face this charge if they are accused of altering the price tag or price marking on goods or merchandise or transfers the goods from one container to another. Finally, a shoplifting charge could result if one counsels, aids, assists or abets another in the performance of any of the above acts and the value of the goods involved is less than $200, he or she is guilty of larceny. However, when the offense involves goods valued at $200 or more, he or she is guilty of grand larceny.

Being accused of shoplifting can be a major situation. This could mean facing misdemeanor or even felony charges. This also means facing potential penalties that could land the accused in prison and having the obligation to pay hefty fines. Thus, it is important to assess the matter, the details of the crime and what criminal defense options are available. This could help reduce and even dismiss the charged against the accused.

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