Shoplifting constitutes a common form of theft generally considered a minor crime. If you face a shoplifting charge, you can use this information to prepare a defense against this crime.
A person is guilty of this crime if they intentionally take any goods, wares or merchandise offered for sale by any store or other mercantile establishment. If they do this with the intention of keeping the item without paying the purchase price, it constitutes shoplifting. Intent in this crime is important. If a person does not intend to defraud a store or another establishment, they don’t commit this crime. For example, if you put an item in your cart at a store and accidentally walk out of the store without paying, you can use this as a defense to this charge.
If a person intentionally conceals unpurchased goods or merchandise of any store or other mercantile establishment it is presumed that he or she intends to take the item without purchasing it. This is what the prosecution will try to prove in a shoplifting case. So, providing a defense could hinge on the facts of your intentions.
If convicted of this crime, you will likely face fines and possibly jail time as well.