Shoplifting in Massachusetts is defined taking possession of merchandise without paying, concealing merchandise in a retail store, moving the merchandise into different containers, or any other act that deprives the merchant the full value of what is being taken. Being charged with shoplifting in Massachusetts can result in fines and a possible jail sentence.
In addition to criminal charges, those who are charged with shoplifting are also at risk for facing a civil lawsuit – the merchant of the store in which you shoplifting can sue you to recover any damages that resulted from the crime. If you’re facing shoplifting charges, your choice in representation has never been more important. At Murphy & Rudolf, LLP we take a strategic approach to safeguard your future.
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The severity of the penalties you face depend on the circumstances surrounding the theft offense. Typically, the state will offer a diversion program to those who have no prior record – if this is your first time being accused of a low-level crime and are a juvenile or young adult, there’s a possibility the court will offer an alternative to avoid criminal prosecution. These programs generally involve community service that must be completed by a certain date, followed by probation. Regardless of the details surrounding your case, you should never attempt to navigate through the legal system without proper representation. At our firm, we take the time to get to know your goals and concerns, which allows us to offer the personalized solutions you need.
Shoplifting penalties can include:
Our Worcester criminal defense attorneys understand the value in examining evidence, hiring investigators, and interviewing key witnesses. We make it our duty to go above and beyond in making sure we present the best possible case on your behalf. We possess the legal experience and knowledge required to defend you during this difficult time.
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