What is shoplifting?

by Kansas criminal defense attorney Vincent Rivera

Most theft charges in Kansas will result in a felony charge.

Theft of $1,000 or more and/or if you have been convicted of theft two or more times you will be charged with a felony.

The merchant who is stolen from can also file a civil action and shall be entitled to a civil penalty that can be up to twice the value of the stolen product.

Shop lifting defined by law means to: 

  • take without purchase from an establishment,
  • concealing with the intention to leave the premises of a merchant,
  • altering or substituting any label or price tag,
  • transferring merchandise from one container to another and/or disarming any alarm tag attached to merchandise.

An example of shoplifting would be an individual visits a mall, store, grocery store and leaves the store with an item they did not pay for. If the item(s) total less than $1,000 then you will be charged with a misdemeanor crime. People charged with shoplifting are not always many times they are given a fine or ticket and a court date especially if they are a resident of Kansas. If you are NOT a resident of Kansas you will most likely be arrested and be given a bond.

Less than $1,000 is a Class A misdemeanor. This is the most severe misdemeanor you can receive in the state of Kansas.
More than $1,000 but less than $25,000 will most like be charged as a level 9 felony.
Charges filed against can also be based on value of the item(s) stolen and your personal criminal record.

Theft defined by law would be to

  • act in a way that intends to deprive the owner permanently of the possession,
  • use or benefit of the owners property,
  • taking control of someone else's property by exerting control, through deception or by threat.
  • Also obtaining property that you know to be stolen by another.

Charges for theft depend on how you take the property, the value of the property in question and possibly your personal criminal history.

If you or a loved one have been charged with shop lifting or theft there can be serious life changing consequences.

Call Vincent Rivera at (913) 210-0844 or use our contact page to schedule a free consultation immediately.

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115 E. Park St, Suite C
Olathe, Kansas, KS 66061
(913) 210-0844

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