Category Archives: Shoplifting/Retail Theft


Accused of Shoplifting in Minnesota? Know Your Rights
Accused of Shoplifting in Minnesota? Know Your Rights
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If you are accused of shoplifting in Minnesota, you need to know your rights and what the store is allowed to do to you – and what they’re not.

 

In this post, we’ll detail the law, cover your rights, and explain what options are available to you to defend yourself and battle against any retail theft charges that are filed.

 

Shoplifting in Minnesota: The Law

 

Shoplifting is an act of theft against a retailer, according to


Shoplifting Charges in Minnesota Can Quickly Add Up
Shoplifting Charges in Minnesota Can Quickly Add Up
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Getting caught stealing a single small item from a store probably doesn’t seem like a big deal – and if it’s the only thing you’ve ever stolen, that’s probably true. There are a number of options out there for first time offenders that can minimize the charges and penalties you face.

 

Moreover, penalties in Minnesota are prescribed according to the value of the items that were taken. In other words, a single small item that doesn’t cost much has


6 Common Reasons People Shoplift in Minnesota
6 Common Reasons People Shoplift in Minnesota
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In our culture, shoplifting tends to be looked at is something shameful. Embarrassing. It’s something done by teenagers, professional thieves, or social outcasts.

 

The reality, however, is that one out of every 11 Americans has shoplifted before, according to a report by Shoplifters Alternative. Moreover, about 85 percent of shoplifters steal not out of necessity but out of compulsive urges, and many are middle-aged women who have been stealing since their teen years.

 

In other words, shoplifting


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


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

 

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