Libraries are educational institutions in many towns and cities. They offer books, access to the internet, movies, CDs and many other facets of culture. They do all of this for free! However, just because library use is free does not mean that you can do whatever you want with library material. Contrary to popular belief, library theft is a crime. If you have been accused of library theft, you can learn more here.
A person is guilty of library theft when:
- They conceal on their person or among their belongings a book or other library materials. These materials belonged to, or got deposited in, a library facility. This happened with the intention of removing it from the library without authority; or
- They mutilate a book or other library materials belonging to, or deposited in, a library facility. This happens so as to render it unusable or reduce its value.
Some common examples of library theft include taking a book without permission from the library or destroying/defacing a book belonging to the library.
Typically, penalties involved in this crime include fines, probation, or similar consequences. In order to avoid these penalties, you need to build a defense to the charges that you face.
One good way to build a defense is by contacting a criminal defense lawyer with experience with library theft cases. Such a lawyer can use their experience with previous cases in helping you to defend yourself in court. A lawyer can also protect your rights by making sure that you don’t get taken advantage of by the court system.
If you would like to discuss your situation with a lawyer, you can contact my office. We can sit down during a free consultation to discuss your case. I can provide information and resources to help you make the best decisions about your case. Together, we can protect your rights and present a defense.