As we all know, Halloween is just around the corner. If you have a family, then you are likely getting prepared to take your kids out trick-or-treating. The candy bucket has been filled for your neighbors, your safety plan has been completely strategized, and your children are excited to wear their costumes. But what happens if you do not have enough money for any of this? Would you just walk into the store, pick out what you want, and then leave without paying? If you decide to go this route, then you have committed retail theft, and you will likely face some very unfortunate consequences.
How Does Shoplifting Affect the Offender?
There are about 27 million shoplifters in the United States, with at least 10 million people getting caught within the last five years. There is no typical demographic for a shoplifter, as men and women tend to shoplift just as often, and anyone can commit retail theft. Most shoplifters would not commit any other crime than shoplifting, but in Illinois, they will face a Class A misdemeanor for stealing items that have a value of no more than $300, and a Class 4 felony for any subsequent offenses.
Not only does retail theft affect the offender in a negative manner, but it also affects society. The police and courts will be overburdened, the store’s security expenses will increase drastically, consumers will have to pay more for products, and the community will lose money in sales taxes. Retail theft and shoplifting may not seem to cause much harm, but these crimes will not only hurt the offender in the long run, but they will also have a negative effect on the surrounding community.
Important Facts about Retail Theft and Shoplifting
As many of 75 percent of shoplifters are adults, and 25 percent are children, with 55 percent of adult shoplifters indicating that they started shoplifting when they were teenagers. Even though retail theft can be premeditated, it often is not. Slightly under 75 percent of adult and child shoplifters do not plan to shoplift in advance, and they often commit retail theft and make a purchase during the same visit, with no more than $200 worth of products stolen.
Call a Lombard Retail Theft Defense Lawyer
Stealing products from a store to make ends meet is never the best practice for anyone. When in doubt, do not commit the act. It is best to save yourself some trouble by keeping a budget of what you can afford, so you can plan accordingly. If you or a loved one has been accused of retail theft or shoplifting, you can count on Myers Law to help you achieve the best possible outcome in your case. For over ten years, Attorney Clarissa Myers has provided legal representation for her clients in DuPage County with much success. To schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation, please call an Oak Brook retail theft defense lawyer at 844-984-3529 (844-9-THE-LAW) to get the help you deserve.