Q: If I was witnessed on the store camera concealing Goods but never exited the store can I be charged with shoplifting
I know this warrants a civil suit but does it warrant a Criminal suit also
The short answer is yes. Shoplifting revolves around the intent of the defendant. As such, if you conceal the item, that is enough to charge you with shoplifting even if you do not exit the store.
In general, shoplifting is a misdemeanor if the retail value of the item(s) is $500 or less. However, prior shoplifting convictions or evidence of a shoplifting spree could cause the charge to be a felony. You should consider consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney prior to appearing in court. Good luck
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