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Is There a Certain Demographic of the Population Frequently Charged With Shoplifting?

Interviewer: What’s a typical frame or background of someone who shoplifts? Do they tend to be younger or older in age? What is the demographic?

Dale: No, pretty much every age group has been charged with shoplifting. There are people that have never shoplifted in their lives. Recently, I handled a case that involved a teacher, 46 years old. She was nabbed shoplifting twice from two different grocery stores with $6.00 and $7.00 worth of items each time.

She says that they changed her migraine medicine and she had become very forgetful.

The Majority of People are Immediately Remorseful About Their Actions

Interviewer: What’s a typical back story of people that have shoplifted? What is their motivation for shoplifting?

A Shoplifting Charge Will Show up on a Background Check and can Impact Employment Opportunities

Dale: I think most shoplifters once they’re caught are extremely remorseful and realize how stupid their actions were. However, for a lot of young people there’s a thrill factor involved.

They get a little bit of a thrill, but when they find out it’s going to impact their ability to get a job because the charge is going to show up on a background check. One of the worst items to have on your criminal record is dishonesty.

What Will You be Charged With: The Legal Term for Shoplifting is Petty Theft

Interviewer: What is shoplifting called under the law? Is it called larceny? Is it called theft or shoplifting?

Dale: It’s called petty theft.

Interviewer: You said it could happen anywhere from a penny all the way up to just under $1000 and that’s classified as petty theft?

Dale: Yes. Most of the charges are for items valued under $10.00.

No Item too Small: You Will be Prosecuted for the Theft of any Item

Interviewer: Why would Wal-Mart and these other stores bother to prosecute someone just for a $5.00 or $10.00 item?

Stores Aggressively Prosecute Shoplifters in an Attempt to Reduce Shrinkage

Dale: I think it may be one small part of a large problem. The shortages that they have every year are substantial. These shortages could total up to 6% to 7% of their sales.

Interviewer: Yes. It is called shrinkage, is that right?

Dale: Yes, that’s right.

Client Reviews
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I cannot thank Dale enough for the support and expertise he provided to me for my case. I was looking for a lawyer with a lot of experience and also knew how to use it to his advantage. Amanda B.
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I have always used an attorney for legal matters but this was my 3rd DUI in 6 years and I was in dire need of the best legal representation. I needed someone willing to fight for the best possible outcome for me and my family. Shannon
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Dale Naticchia handled my case from beginning to finish. He is highly skilled in the area of DUI’s. He has had so many cases that he is highly knowledgeable about how to deal with the situation as a whole. R Beyer
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