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Understanding The Various Types Of Theft Crimes

Shoplifting Is Much More Serious Than You Might ThinkThe majority of people learn early on in life that stealing is not only illegal but that it is also objectionable from a moral standpoint. Children are constantly reminded not to take items that belong to other people unless they have expressly been told that they are allowed to. As a result of this early training, most people have a basic grasp on what constitutes theft.

From a legal standpoint, however, there are different terms that are used to describe different types of theft. Even though these terms are frequently used in today’s society, it still can be a little bit confusing trying to determine exactly what types of theft fall under each category.

In the courts, shoplifting is one of the most frequent theft-related charges. In essence, this term is used to describe the act of stealing items from a retail store or vendor. This can include everything from taking something from a store at the mall to stealing something from a convenience store or gas station. In most cases, the punishment for this crime is determined by the value of the items that were stolen.

Another term that is used by the courts to describe a specific type of theft is robbery. Robberies include an element of violence – whether that is threatening someone with violence, trying to intimidate them, or using violence against them. These crimes can range from small thefts that involve a single individual all the way up to much larger thefts like bank robberies. Because this crime is associated with violence, it usually carries stiffer penalties than other types of theft.

Fraud, on the other hand, typically involves any type of theft where the perpetrator relies on deception to trick someone else or to obtain something illegally. For instance, forging a document, stealing someone’s identity, or participating in a bait and switch scheme are all examples of fraud. Embezzlement is a specific type of fraud that usually involves an employee stealing money or other assets that they were entrusted with from the business that they work for.

When you hear a theft referred to as a burglary, it usually means that the person was trespassing when the theft occurred. For instance, when someone breaks into a home, car, or place of business to steal something, that is generally considered a burglary.

The value of the items that were stolen can also determine how a theft is referred to from a legal standpoint. For instance, thefts involving low-value items may be categorized as “petty theft” whereas those involving more expensive items may be categorized as “grand theft”. Each state has its own rules regarding the value where these changes occur.

If you are charged with any of these theft-related crimes you will need legal representation in order to protect your rights and prevent a lengthy jail sentence. Call Naiburg, Obedin, and Weissman for a complete review of your case.

The Consequences Of Stealing – Theft And The Law

What Happens If You Are Caught Shoplifting?Theft includes activities such as burglary, armed robbery, forgery, check theft, using a vehicle without authorization, false statements to a credit card agency, fraud, shoplifting and much more. The charges for theft can range from felony charges to misdemeanor depending on the value of the items stolen or damaged. For instance, if the value is a maximum of $1500 and below, the perpetrator mayl be charged with a misdemeanor. Here, he/she must pay a fine or do community service. In some cases, there might be jail time.

On the other hand, if the item stolen was of a larger value, the accused will get a felony charge which comes with prison time. During the court hearing, if there’s more than one offense on the record of the accused, it will affect the sentencing. It’s a common habit for thieves to have another offense on their record. Note that in some states, theft of any kind will be classified as a crime of moral turpitude. It refers to the act as unfavorable in the standards of justice, morals or honesty within that community.

If you are charged with a misdemeanor, there’s a permanent criminal record on your account forever. It might have a negative effect on your character legally, personally and with regards to your future employment opportunities. One of the most common types of theft includes shoplifting. It refers to the act of taking something deliberately from a business, retail store and much more. Note that, you can be charged with shoplifting even if you haven’t walked out of the store but have hidden the merchandize in your belongings or on your body.

With regard to shoplifting, each year, retail businesses lose as much as $10 billion worth of merchandise. These numbers are staggering and you have to pay for the price because these retail businesses increase their prices to recover the costs from shoplifting. Therefore, the courts in Suffolk County, NY do not take pity of anyone accused of shoplifting. Whether it’s you or your friend doing it, you should stop immediately because you can both be prosecuted for the offense and it would be unfair to the innocent person.

In conclusion, theft of any kind is highly frowned upon because you can land in a lot of trouble. It will affect you in a lot of negative ways as well as the people around you. That’s why the legal statutes are clear about it and harsh to prevent the habit. Most people commit these acts hoping they will get away with it but eventually they make a mistake and are caught. Therefore, the best way to avoid being on the wrong side of the law is to avoid stealing altogether.