Hyattsville, MD asked in Criminal Law for Maryland

Q: can I go to jail or get any charges for taking a package that is mine but not released to me?

I had a package delivered to Walgreens. When I arrived at Walgreens they asked me for my id to pick up my package in which I gave them my id. The delivery address on the package didn’t match my license therefore they told me they couldn’t give me the package. But it is mine. I took my id back and took my package off the counter. Can I get charged with anything or do jail time if it’s my package? my name was the same on the package and I provided them with the tracking number but it was a signature required package.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: Taking a package from a store counter without the store's consent, even if the package is addressed to you, could potentially lead to legal consequences. This action might be considered theft or larceny, as the store was responsible for holding the package until it could be properly released to the intended recipient.

While it's unlikely that you would face jail time for a first offense, especially if the package contents are of low value, you could still face charges. The store might choose to report the incident to the police, which could lead to an investigation and potential criminal charges.

It's important to note that most stores have policies in place to protect themselves and the recipients of packages. They require proof of identity and may have additional verification steps to ensure packages are released to the correct individuals. Even if the package had your name on it, the discrepancy in the delivery address was likely the reason they did not release it to you.

In such situations, it's best to work with the store's management or contact the shipping company directly to resolve any issues with the package delivery or to update your address information. Taking matters into your own hands, even if the package is intended for you, can lead to legal troubles that are best avoided.

Michael Eric Kraut
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  • Los Angeles, CA

A: If the package belonged to you and there was no outstanding money due, ten you will not get a criminal case for "taking" a package that you owned.

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