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Shoplifting
Attorney Michele Da Silva is an aggressive criminal defense attorney ready to help you with your theft charges, such as Shoplifting. If you are facing a theft charge, it is important that you speak with a criminal defense attorney who understands the complexity of our legal system so that you may be properly informed of the consequences that you may face, and who is there to help you defend against the charges.


What You Should Know​

Shoplifiting Legal Definition
(1) Any person who intentionally takes possession of, carries away, transfers or causes to be carried away or transferred, any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment with the intention of depriving the merchant of the possession, use of benefit of such merchandise or converting the same to the use of such person without paying to the merchant the value thereof; or 

(2) Any person who intentionally conceals upon his person or otherwise any merchandise offered for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment with the intention of depriving the merchant of proceeds, use or benefit of such merchandise or converting the same to the use of such person without paying to the merchant the value thereof; or 

(3) Any person who intentionally alters, transfers or removes any label, price tag or marking indicia of value or any other markings which aid in determining value affixed to any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment and to attempt to purchase such merchandise personally or in consort with another at less than the full retail value with the intention of depriving the merchant of all or some part of the retail value thereof; or 

(4) Any person who intentionally transfers any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment from the container in or on which the same shall be displayed to any other container with intent to deprive the merchant of all or some part of the retail value thereof; or 

(5) Any person who intentionally records a value for the merchandise which is less than the actual retail value with the intention of depriving the merchant of the full retail value thereof; or 

(6) Any person who intentionally removes a shopping cart from the premises of a store or other retail mercantile establishment, without the consent of the merchant given at the time of such removal, with the intention of permanently depriving the merchant of the possession, use or benefit of such cart; is guilty of shoplifting. 

Penalties for ShToplifting Convictions

Cost of Goods less than $100

First Offense:
* punished for a first offense by a fine not to exceed two hundred and fifty dollars

Second Offense:
* punished by a fine of not less than one hundred nor more than five hundred dollars;

Third Offense:
*  punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars; 
* or imprisonment in a jail for not more than two years;
* or by both such fine and imprisonment. 

Cost of Goods exceeds $100

* punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars;
* or by imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than two and one-half years; 
* or by both such fine and imprisonment. 


Law enforcement officers may arrest without warrant any person he has probable cause for believing has committed the offense of shoplifting as defined in this section. The statement of a merchant or his employee or agent that a person has violated a provision of this section shall constitute probable cause for arrest by any law enforcement officer authorized to make an arrest in such jurisdiction. 

Legal Resources Massachusetts Law About Shoplifting

Massachusetts General Laws
Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 266, Sec. 30A - Shoplifting Statue- Shoplifting Statue