crime  legal


Question by  mangosteen (272)

What is the penalty for shoplifting?

Suppose it is a first offense and it is for an item that does not have too much value.


Answer by  whatreality (19)

I was arrested for stealing a pack of batteries costing about $2.50. It ended up costing me nothing but a lot of time. I did 30 hours of community service. My friend got a lawyer and he ended up paying $1500 for a $5 pack of batteries.


Answer by  Gavy (111)

Shoplifting carries various penalties, depending on your state and age, as well as the policies of the company you steal from. Community service is common, and sometimes being fined. Depending on the store, you could be arrested or sued. You should look up the penalties for your state.


Answer by  tschebyshev (252)

You're use of the word "penalty" makes it sound like shoplifting is part of a youth soccer league. Shoplifting can be a serious crime, especially if the perpetrator has previous convictions.


Answer by  SillyZilly (64)

The penalty is minor. I would expect the offender would be escorted from the retail venue and asked not to return. It would depend on the retailer to decide whether or not to press charges and I doubt many would for a small offense, unless committed by a repeat offender.


Answer by  claire (34)

the penalty for shoplifting is arrest, because shoplifting is stealing and stealing is illegal. the perp should be fined and possibly imprisoned.

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