NH Law of the Day: Shopflifting
November 27, 2015 Leave a comment
Arrests and indictments for economy-inspired crimes like shoplifting, willful concealment, robbery, burglary, larceny and other theft crimes are rising throughout New Hampshire.
If a store detective, loss prevention employee or a police officer tries to question you regarding a shoplifting case, it is wise to contact a criminal defense lawyer before answering any questions or signing any statements. The stakes are high when you are faced with a shoplifting or other theft charge. The penalties for shoplifting, including the level of offense, depend on what the store and the cops claim the value of the goods were and what they can prove they were in court.
Here’s a copy of the Laws in New Hampshire about SHOPLIFTING:
New Hampshire Shoplifting Laws
RSA 644:17 (2008)
644:17 Willful Concealment and Shoplifting.
I. A person is guilty of willful concealment if, without authority, he willfully conceals the goods or merchandise of any store while still upon the premises of such store. Goods or merchandise found concealed upon the person shall be prima facie evidence of willful concealment.
II. A person is guilty of shoplifting if, with the purpose of depriving a merchant of goods or merchandise, he knowingly:
(a) Removes goods or merchandise from the premises of a merchant; or
(b) Alters, transfers, or removes any price marking affixed to goods or merchandise; or
(c) Causes the cash register or other sales recording device to reflect less than the merchant’s stated or advertised price for the goods or merchandise; or
(d) Transfers goods or merchandise from the container in which such goods or merchandise were intended to be sold to another container.
III. As used in this section:
(a) “Merchant” means the owner or operator of any place of business where merchandise is displayed, held, or stored, for sale to the public, or any agent or employee of such owner or operator.
(b) “Purpose to deprive” means to have the conscious object to appropriate the goods or merchandise of a merchant without paying the merchant’s stated or advertised price.
IV. Willful concealment shall be a misdemeanor. The penalty for shoplifting shall depend on the value of the property, as provided in RSA 637:11. As used in this section, “value” shall be determined in accordance with RSA 637:2, V.
If you have been arrested for shoplifting, willful concealment or any other theft crime in New Hampshire or Massachusetts, or if someone wants to “ask you some questions”, “talk to you”, or “have you come down to make out a statement”, call Mark Stevens @ 1-603-893-0074 (24/7) for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.
You do not need to give any loss prevention, store, or mall security your identification.
Do not let security or loss preventions departments take your photo, they are not the police.
Try and make sure you have some bail money on you, be polite, and do not resist the police.
Then call me right away, after you’ve been released (24/7) 1.603.893.0074
Call today for a free initial consultation.