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August 30, 2017

3 Common Misunderstandings About Shoplifting

Filed under: Theft — Tags: , , , , — admin @ 11:00 am

Woman Stealing CosmeticsWhen one commits theft, any kind of theft like shoplifting, they require the services of an Arizona criminal defense lawyer. Serious penalties often accompany theft crimes, such as fines or even jail time, possibly both. Not only do shoplifters face criminal charges for their actions, but merchants can also sue them for damages in civil court. If you have been charged with shoplifting, make sure to contact a Phoenix criminal attorney to represent your case, build a solid defense and ensure that your rights are protected. There are a few misconceptions about shoplifting, however, that we can clarify.

1.       Statistics show that teens and women are more likely to shoplift

Despite the stereotypes of rebellious delinquents and celebrities reinforcing such myths, the statistics actually show that the majority of shoplifters are adults. Only 25 percent of shoplifters are children and both men and women are equally likely to shoplift, according to NASP (National Association for Shoplifting Prevention). In fact, it was found that most shoplifters tend to be middle-aged, rather than teenagers.

2.       Shoplifters steal because they need to

Contrary to what some might believe, shopilfters very rarely steal things that they actually need. Some of the most commonly stolen items in the United States include razors, cosmetics, over-the-counter drugs, and alcohol. More often than not, the chemical reaction in the brain from “getting away with it” is the true reward shoplifters are after. They steal because they can, not because they need to.

3.       Shoplifting is a one-time offense

The reality is that those who get shoplift will likely do it again. Regularly shoplifters will steal something at least once a week, sometimes more. One out of three juveniles has stated that it is difficult to stop, even after they have been caught and more than half of adult shoplifters said the same.

Regardless of the reasons, if you have been charged with shoplifting, you need representation from a qualified Phoenix criminal attorney. Whether it’s your first offense or you have been charged before, an Arizona criminal defense lawyer will be able to make sure your rights are protected and create a strong defense for your case. Contact the Blumenreich Law Firm today for a free case evaluation!