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Theft Offenses: Shoplifting, Petty Theft, Theft

If you have been accused of a theft crime, this means that you have been suspected of stealing something from someone else. This type of charge can include stealing from a shop, from an individual, from a business, or from the government or financial institution.

At The Law Offices of Daniel J. Brazil, P.A., we defend people throughout the Twin Cities metro area against theft charges. It is important that you speak to a qualified theft defense attorney about your legal rights and options in order to prevent serious problems that could arise associated with being convicted of a theft charge.

Petty Theft

Petty theft is considered a pretty minor offense, but it is still theft and still punishable by the court of law. It can also be a major stain on your record and may cost you further down the line, especially when trying to obtain a job. Examples of petty theft include shoplifting, bicycle theft, or stealing “minor” items from a residence when lawfully allowed to be there. The most important thing to do after being charged with petty theft is to speak with an experienced petty theft defense attorney.


The crime of shoplifting is the unlawful taking of merchandise from a store. It is generally defined as taking or intentionally paying less for an item than the sale price. Shoplifting can include carrying, hiding, concealing, or otherwise manipulating merchandise with the intent of taking it or paying less for it.

Shoplifting Charges require aggressive defense by a professional and competent attorney. Although it is popularly believed that shoplifting is a petty offense, police and retailers take this crime very seriously. Anyone charged with shoplifting can incur several future consequences without the support of a strong, proactive defense against their shoplifting charges.

Misdemeanor and Felony Theft Offenses

Petty theft and shoplifting offenses are often considered misdemeanor offenses while white color crimes and Internet theft scams are often considered felony offenses. The Law Offices of Daniel J. Brazil, P.A. represent all cases of theft from petty theft to grand theft.

The penalty and conviction of a theft crime depends on the severity, the intentions and the victim impact of the crime, as well as the amount of goods stolen. If aggravating circumstances were relevant to the crime or the value of stolen goods exceeds the statutory amount, the crime may be increased to a felony grand theft charge.

A felony theft charge is considered a serious offense, which is punishable by more than one year of incarceration and/or $100,000 in fines. In general, theft crimes that involve the threat or use of force and/or a weapon are considered felony offenses, but can also include white collar crimes, bribery, embezzlement, Internet crimes and mail theft.

Because of the costs and damages that theft offenses have on society in general, courts tend to take theft crimes very seriously. The penalties involved in theft offenses vary greatly based on the type of offense and the jurisdiction. For this reason, it is crucial for a person who is charged with theft to contact a qualified and experienced attorney to discuss the specifics of their case. For a free consultation, contact The Law Offices of Daniel J. Brazil, P.A. at 612-874-6109 to speak with a thorough and aggressive Minneapolis defense attorney.

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