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Shoplifting in Massachusetts Has Serious Consequences

Posted by David Newton | May 08, 2013 | 0 Comments

Massachusetts General Laws Ch 266 Sec 30A sets out the penalties for shoplifting.  Under Massachusetts law shoplifting under $100 can result in:

  1. First offense fine up to $250,
  2. Second offense fine up to $500,
  3. Third & later offenses fine up to $500 and jail up to 2 years.
  4. Shoplifting over $100 comes with a fine up to $1000 and/or up to 2.5 years jail.

It is important to remember that shoplifting is a criminal offense and can result in a criminal record for those accused of shoplifting.  Additionally, Massachusetts law allows for the stores that are shoplifted from to obtain civil damages up to $500 over actual damages.  This is often done by the store sending you a Civil Demand Letter requesting that you pay the store an amount up to $500.  Often the store will only send the Demand Letter without ever filing a civil suit, given the expense of filing and pursuing a civil law suit it is usually considered not cost effective for the company to do so.

Of some additional consideration is that sometimes the police will charge a shoplifting as a larceny under $250 which has a potential sentence of one year in jail or if the value was over $250 can and sometimes do charge a shoplifting as a larceny over $250, which is a felony with a potential penalty of 5 years in state prison and/or a fine up to $25,000.

Shoplifting and larceny charges in Massachusetts are serious business with far reaching implications.  Given all that is at stake it is important to engage a criminal defense attorney with experience.  Attorney Newton has handled hundreds of larceny cases and gives you the experience you deserve when you need it the most.  Call today for a free consultation.

David Newton, Esq.



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David Newton

I served in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years. After serving honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps, I graduated magna cum laude from State University of New York College at Brockport with a B.S. in Business and Economics. I then continued on to obtain my law degree cum laude from Boston Universit...


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