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What is the definition of shoplifting?

Most people head out the store when they need something or want something. Sometimes, the person who needs something might not have the money to pay for the items he or she needs. Think about a parent who needs baby formula or diapers but can't afford those items. Those people might become so desperate to meet their needs that they take items from the store without paying. That is actually a criminal act known as shoplifting.

An attorney can protect your rights during an interrogation

A criminal investigation has many moving parts as we often see in various crime shows. Although crime and justice television series are far from realistic, some aspects are accurate. Whether the show is fiction or describes actual events, many times we see the investigators go through many different suspects before finding the right one. With every interrogation, a handful of innocent people are questions and oftentimes accused of the crime.

Understanding the elements of the crime of shoplifting

If you have been charged with the crime of shoplifting, you should understand the elements of the crime. In simplest terms, shoplifting is the theft of merchandise from a place of business, such as a store. In legal terms, shoplifting is larceny. This means that something was taken without the permission of the item's owner and with the intent to keep the owner from having it. Those are also the two elements of the crime of shoplifting.

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