Shoplifting in Missouri

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If you have been charged with or accused of shoplifting or stealing in Missouri, it is imperative to obtain legal representation from a skilled and knowledgeable lawyer. With more than 20 years of trial-tested experience, our Springfield, MO criminal defense attorney at Worsham Law Firm has successfully handled a variety of theft crimes, even under the most challenging circumstances. Let our award-winning legal team protect your rights and future immediately!

Shoplifting Laws & Penalties

Shoplifting falls under the crime of stealing according to Missouri law. Stealing consists of taking property that belongs to someone else, without the owner’s consent, or by means of coercion or deceit with the intention of depriving the owner of their property. Furthermore, actions such as concealing merchandise in store or altering price tags can be used as evidence against a person accused of stealing.

The penalties you face for a shoplifting offense is based on the value of the goods you are accused of stealing. Shoplifters are subject to criminal penalties, including jail or prison time and fines, as well as civil penalties.

The following are the associated penalties for shoplifting in Missouri:

  • If the goods are valued at less than $500 – Class A misdemeanor
    • Maximum jail sentence of one year
    • Fine of up to $1,000
  • If the goods are valued between $500 and $25,000 – Class C felony
    • Prison sentence between one to seven years
    • Fine of up to $5,000 or an amount not exceeding double the gain from the theft (up to $20,000)
  • If the goods are valued at more than $25,000 – Class B felony
    • Prison sentence ranging from five to 15 years

In addition, merchants can sue adult and emancipated minor shoplifters for damages in civil court. Merchants are entitled to the actual retail value of stolen items, court costs, attorney fees, and a penalty between $100 and $250.

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As a former prosecutor, our founding attorney can anticipate how the prosecution will approach your case and can develop an effective defense strategy accordingly. No matter the total value of goods you are accused of stealing, we are prepared to help you either get your entire case dismissed or your charges reduced significantly.

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