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Shoplifting Laws in Pennsylvania

By Rogan Law  Mar. 6, 2013 4:50p

In the state of Pennsylvania, shoplifting is known as retail theft. This criminal offense consists of taking possession, carrying away, or transferring a retail store's merchandise without paying for it. It also consists of altering, transferring, or removing price tags or labels or "under-ringing" by store personnel in the attempt to deprive the merchant of part or all of the value of the item(s). Destroying, removing, or deactivating inventory control tags, security strips, or other mechanisms used to prevent theft is also part of the Pennsylvania shoplifting laws.

Shoplifting is a summary offense when it is done for the first time and the value of the goods stolen is under $150. In a second offense of goods less than $150, the individual is charged with a second-degree misdemeanor. In first or subsequent offenses where the value of the merchandise is $150 or more, it is charged as first-degree misdemeanor. A felony is charged when the offense is a third or subsequent crime, regardless of the value of the goods stolen. It is also a felony if the goods stolen are valued at more than $2,000 or if what is stolen is a firearm or motor vehicle. Shoplifting offenses are punished by fines and may result in a license suspension. They may also involve restitution to the establishment where the goods were stolen.

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Shoplifting may appear to be a minor offense. If it is charged as a misdemeanor or felony, however, it will result in a permanent criminal record which will not look good to future employers, educational institutions, or those who rent apartments. Any theft offense can result in a future employer denying you a potential job due to trust issues. When faced with a theft charge, you should seek reliable and competent legal guidance to help you obtain the best possible case result. This can be achieved by contacting Rogan Law, serving all of northeastern Pennsylvania and the Pocono Mountain area.

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