According to Massachusetts law, shoplifting charges can be brought against any individual for stealing goods from a retail store.  However, shoplifting charges can also be brought for hiding goods on your body or elsewhere or changing a price tag or changing the package.

       

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According to the Massachusetts General Laws, the crime of shoplifting includes:

The act of knowingly removing any goods that are for sale in a retail store with the intention of not paying the owner of the store the full value for the goods.

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When you get arrested for shoplifting in Massachusetts, it may seem like your life is over.  You may start to think about the way this mistake will impact your career, immigration status, school loans and reputation in the community.  The truth of the matter is that hope is not lost.  There are a number of things that can be done and by knowing about them, you can help create a brighter future for yourself.

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In Massachusetts a shoplifter is defined as: “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…”

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