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Holiday Season is Shoplifting Season

Holiday Season is Shoplifting Season

Now that the holiday season is here, millions of Americans across the country will be shopping in malls and stores in search of gifts for their loved ones. While more shoppers result in a significant increase in business, it also means a greater likelihood of shoplifting.

Individuals who engage in shoplifting are often experiencing financial hardship—causing them to steal as a last resort. And with all of the advertisements and expectations surrounding the holidays, not being able to afford even the most basic necessities can appear embarrassing and heartbreaking, which is why shoplifting incidents experience a rise from Black Friday to Christmas.

In Kansas, a conviction for shoplifting can result in harsh penalties. The severity of the punishments depends on the value of the property which was stolen.

If you were caught stealing property worth less than $1,000, it is considered a class A misdemeanor, which carries a county jail sentence of up to one year and a fine no more than $2,500. So whether the item was $20 or $999, you can still face jail time for shoplifting.

If the value of the stolen property is more than $1,000, but less than $25,000, it is a level 9 felony that is punishable by a maximum seven-month prison sentence and a fine of up to $100,000. In addition, if a person steals property—no matter what the value—in three different stores within a 72-hour period, this crime is also considered a level 9 felony.

If the value of stolen property is between $25,000 and less than $100,000, it is a level 7 felony that carries a maximum 13-month prison sentence (if you have not been convicted of a misdemeanor offense before) and a fine of up to $100,000. Theft of property worth more than $100,000 is a level 5 felony, punishable by a prison term of up to 34 months and a fine no larger than $300,000.

Furthermore, an individual who shoplifts also faces civil penalties from store owners such as additional fines and payment of the store owner’s attorney fees and court costs in bringing the case. Not only does shoplifting result in both criminal and civil punishments, but having a permanent mark on your criminal record can also cause substantial damage to your professional reputation and personal life.

If you have been charged with shoplifting in Kansas, our Kansas City criminal defense attorneys at Stein Law, LLC can protect your rights and future from the harsh penalties of a conviction. We understand that the holidays can be draining in more ways than one, which can result in doing some irrational things. We can evaluate your case, consider all of the factors involved, and build a strong case to help you obtain favorable results.

Contact us and schedule a free consultation for more information today. Do not spend the season behind bars and let us help you immediately.


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