Category Archives: Shoplifting/Retail Theft

When Is Retail Theft a Felony in Minnesota?
When Is Retail Theft a Felony in Minnesota?
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Crimes are classified in two major categories: misdemeanors and felonies. In many states, these two categories are broken down further into first degree misdemeanor, second degree felony, and so on.


Minnesota classifies charges a little bit differently than many of our neighbors. There are no felony “degrees,” so sentencing will depend upon the specific charge.


Shoplifting may not seem like the most serious crime in the book, but in some situations it can be charged as a felony.

Common Defenses for Minnesota Shoplifting Charges
Common Defenses for Minnesota Shoplifting Charges
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If you are caught shoplifting even one or two items in Minnesota, you could end up in jail.


That’s right. Jail.


Everybody knows about shoplifting. It’s when someone takes something from a retail location without paying for it. In pop culture, it’s something commonly associated with kids and teens acting out and rebelling, and a lot of people do not take it very seriously.


But since shoplifting falls under the category of theft, it is

So You Were Caught Shoplifting
So You Were Caught Shoplifting
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Shoplifting is often regarded as a minor crime with few repercussions. It’s seen as something that teens do and grow out of, and most view it as something that can be solved by returning stolen merchandise to a store and apologizing.


However, under Minnesota law, thefts are considered a serious offense that can lead to hefty fines and possible jail time. According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP), more than 10 million people have been caught shoplifting



With offices in Minneapolis and Stillwater, Minnesota, Keyser Law, P.A. handles cases throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area including:




Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Chanhassen, Corcoran, Crystal, Dayton, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Greenfield, Greenwood, Hanover, Hopkins, Independence, Long Lake, Loretto, Maple Grove, Maple Plain, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Minnetrista, Mound, New Hope, Orono, Osseo, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Rockford, Rogers, Shorewood, Spring Park, St. Anthony Village, St. Bonifacius, St. Louis Park, Wayzata, Woodland and Hassan Township.



Afton, Bayport, Birchwood Village, Cottage Grove, Dellwood, Forest Lake, Grant, Hugo, Lake Elmo, Lake St. Croix Beach, Lakeland Shores, Lakeland, Landfall, Mahtomedi, Marine on St. Croix, Newport, Oak Park Heights, Oakdale, Pine Springs, Scandia, St. Marys Point, St. Paul Park, Stillwater, Willernie, White Bear Lake, Woodbury, Baytown, Denmark, Grey Cloud Island, May, West Lakeland, Garen and Point Douglas.


Arden Hills, Blaine, Falcon Heights, Gem Lake, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Maplewood, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, North St. Paul, Roseville, Shoreview, St. Anthony, St. Paul, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake and White Bear Lake Township.


Andover, Anoka, Bethel, Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Columbia Heights, Columbus, Coon Rapids, East Bethel, Fridley, Ham Lake, Hilltop, Lexington, Lino Lakes, Nowthen, Oak Grove, Ramsey and St. Francis.


Apple Valley, Burnsville, Coates, Eagan, Farmington, Hampton, Hastings, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville, Lilydale, Mendota, Mendota Heights, Miesville, New Trier, Northfield, Randolph, Rosemount, South St. Paul, Sunfish Lake, Vermillion and West St. Paul.