Shoplifting Charges Are Theft Charges In Minnesota

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Minneapolis Shoplifting Defense Attorney

Shoplifting charges are very common but did you know that shoplifting is not mentioned by name in Minnesota statutes? All shoplifting acts are charged as theft and are taken very seriously. If you or a family member has been charged with shoplifting theft then you deserve a powerful team working hard on your behalf.  An effective defense is key in keeping these charges off your record and from limiting your future options. A seriously committed attorney is essential for your case.

Minnesota criminal defense attorney Kirk Anderson is ready to take your call and defend your rights aggressively. Kirk has dedicated his practice and his life to his communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and he will fight to protect you and your future. Whether your charge is a misdemeanor or a felony, state or federal, his team will make sure that you are fully informed and protected during this confusing and scary time.

How is Shoplifting Defined in Minnesota?

Minnesota Statute 609.52 of 2019 defines theft in many ways but shoplifting comes under the first definition of the term. Shoplifting theft is defined as the concealment of an item that belongs to a business and taking the item, or transferring it, out of the store for personal use without official consent.

The consequences of these crimes are based on the cost of the stolen item and, sometimes, the purpose of the item.  The seriousness of the charge or charges is determined to be a felony or misdemeanor based on the cost and purpose of the items as well.

Shoplifting Charges and Consequences


If the item, or items, are worth less than $500, then the crime is a misdemeanor that can land a person in jail for up to 90 days. They may even be forced to pay a fine of up to $1,000. If the cost of the items is over $500 but less than $1,000, then a person could spend up to a year in jail with a $3,000 fine. This is considered a gross misdemeanor and anything over $1,000 is considered a felony charge.


When the stolen item’s cost reaches over $1,000 but under $5,000, the punishment can be a prison sentence of no more than five years and a fine of up to $10,000. If the cost is between $5,000 and 35,000 then the punishment can be imprisonment for up to ten years and a fine of up to $20,000. If the shoplifted items reach a total cost of over $35,000, you could be placed in prison for up to twenty years and have to pay a fine of up to $100,000.

Each prior conviction will negatively affect your consequences and theft crimes can be tried in civil court as well as criminal court and fines can be astronomical. If the stolen item is a gun, for example, your charges will automatically fall under the felony realm.

Possible Defenses For Shoplifting Theft

Possible defenses rely heavily on the specifics of the allegation. If you were accused of switching price tags in a store to buy an item for a much lower cost, you can say that you didn’t know and that it was done beforehand. Simply forgetting to pay for something does happen and can, under certain circumstances, be considered a valid defense.

Some people eat or drink an item at a store while shopping, for example, and forget to pay for it before they leave. It happens. And sometimes, people just make mistakes. If you go into a store listening to music with headphones previously bought at the store, you could mistakenly be accused of theft. These are simply a few possible defenses for a shoplifting crime and no matter whether a crime was committed, you always deserve the best defense. Meet with us to devise a constructive plan, and we will work tirelessly toward the most desirable outcome.

Anderson Law Firm Is Here For You Defend Against Criminal Charges

Anderson Law Firm, PLLC. is ready to give you the help you need. We have the essential skills necessary to construct and create an impenetrable defense and the desire to uphold and protect your rights in every way we can. Kirk and his trusted team guarantee to work hard for you and your family.

Contact us anytime, 24/7, to schedule your free initial consultation so that we can begin our investigation. Kirk is readily available to all of his clients, and he understands your fears. Don’t allow those fears to hold you back. Let our knowledge and extensive experience to work for you.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this article does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. Please contact attorney Kirk Anderson for an initial consultation.