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Difference Between Shoplifting and Kleptomania

September 25, 2018

Difference Between Shoplifting and KleptomaniaDifference Between Shoplifting and Kleptomania

Incredibly, about 27 million people are charged with shoplifting each year in the United States alone. These crimes cost businesses an overwhelming $49 billion every year. Shoplifting is a very misunderstood crime because a person’s reasons for committing the crime may include pure greed, necessity, or even mental health issues.

The Differences Between Shoplifting and Kleptomania

Shoplifting is defined as removing an item from a business without purchasing it, and the offense is considered a serious crime in New Jersey. While the act is criminal, it should be seen as a major red flag for mental health advocates. If a person does not plan on stealing, and they take things that aren’t needed, then shoplifting may be a symptom of an overarching disorder. Kleptomania is described as a condition that prevents the individual from controlling an irresistible impulse to steal something. Most often, kleptomaniacs feel great remorse and guilt after committing these types of theft offenses.

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The penalties levied against someone charged with shoplifting hinge on the worth of the items they took. Any theft under $200 will be considered a disorderly persons offense, but higher amounts are considered fourth, third, second, or first degree shoplifting offenses. These charges can result in probation, restitution, fines, community service, or even jail time. If violence occurred during the shoplifting offense, then it may be possible for prosecutors to charge the suspect with robbery. Due to the steep penalties associated with felony-level theft offenses, it is advised that people charged with this crime hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. Reach out to New Jersey criminal defense attorney Michele Finizio online for more information. She represents clients throughout South Jersey, including Mt. Laurel, Medford, Moorestown, Gloucester Township, Voorhees, and Deptford.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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