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How Long Does a Shoplifting Charge Stay on Your Record?

Unless you are under the age of 18, the shoplifting charge will stay on your record forever in most cases. After 2-5 years you can apply to have it expunged.

What Are the Consequences for Shoplifting?

In Minnesota, shoplifting is charged as theft. Shoplifting charges can range from fines of $1,000 - $100,000 and jail time of 90 days-20 years. The consequences are based on the worth of the stolen goods and the number of previous offenses.

Can You Get Stopped for Shoplifting After You Leave the Store?

Yes, you can. Click here for a detailed explanation. 

Can Shoplifting Charges Be Dropped?

This depends on the facts of the case and if the prosecution has the required evidence to prove guilty.  If they have the required evidence, the charge will most likely not be erased completely, with the help of a lawyer, you can probably have your charges reduced or a resolution in which there is no criminal conviction and possibly dismissed after 6 months to a year.  

Can You Go to Jail for Shoplifting?

Yes. You can go to prison for up to 20 years in Minnesota for shoplifting.  However, most shoplifting charges are minimal and don’t result in jail.  However, what is most important is to try to avoid a conviction if possible.  

Can You Get Shoplifting Charges Expunged?

Yes, you can apply to get your shoplifting charges expunged. When you can apply depends on many factors, please see this article on expungement.  

Should I Still Hire a Lawyer Even Though I Confessed?

Yes! Hiring a lawyer will be your best bet for reducing your penalties for shoplifting.

Is Shoplifting the Same as Theft?

Shoplifting is a form of theft, however not the only thing that can be considered theft.

What If I Was Wrongly Accused of Shoplifting?

If you were not in fact shoplifting but accused of it, you should call a lawyer immediately to discuss your situation. Most will give you a free consultation to let you know of your options for the case. If you were not shoplifting, they should be able to get the charges dropped.

If you have any other questions about your shoplifting charge, call a criminal defense lawyer to help you sort out your case. Call as soon as possible to get the best results.