Of the "minor" crimes that I work with individuals on as a Minnesota Crimianl Defense Attorney - SHOPLIFTING is one that I believe that can cause the most damage outside the courtroom when it comes to EVER getting another job. Seriously... in this age of instant background checks --- a drug charge or a DWI is not the detriment that an old, small mistake you made when you were a teen and pocketed that Chap-Stik without paying
There are numerous acts that can be considered theft according to Minnesota law. A person can be charged with a theft crime if they do any of the following:
- Take, use, transfer, or conceal another person’s property without consent and with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of possession
- Steal property or services by false representation, trick, or swindle
- Find lost property and fail to attempt to give the property back to the rightful owner
- Purposely take property out of a money operated machine without depositing money
- Alter or remove identification numbers on property with the intention of preventing identification of rightful owner
- Steal cable through unauthorized connections
- Divert corporate property to use for something other than general business purposes
A person can face felony charges and a potential sentence of up to 10 – 20 years in prison and $20,000 – $100,000 in fines if:
- The stolen property or services is valued at $5,000 – $35,000
- The property is a firearm
- The property is a trade secret or explosive
If the stolen property or services is valued at $1,000 – $5,000 a person can face up to five years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
A person can be charged with a gross misdemeanor theft offense if they steal property or services valued between $500 and $1,000. This carries a potential sentence of up to one year in jail and/or $3,000 in fines.
A misdemeanor theft charge occurs when a person steals property or services valued at less than $500. This offense is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and fines of up to $1,000.
There are numerous exceptions and defenses to these consequences. Anyone charged with a theft offense should contact the Rolloff Law Office at (612) 234-1165 as soon as possible to discuss possible defense strategies for their case.