Busted for Shoplifting in New Hampshire? Call Mark Stevens 603-893-0074 (24/7)

New Hampshire Shoplifting Laws. It is “Black Friday” starting at midnight tonight. Stores are open earlier and longer in New Hampshire. This weekend also usually results in a lot of arrests for shoplifting, “willful concealment” and other theft charges all across New Hampshire, but the number of shoplifting arrests in Rockingham County, Hillsborough County and Strafford County are particularly high on Black Friday. New Hampshire shoplifting laws are tough. If you get accused of any type of theft or shoplifting offense call me today for a free consultation or click here to schedule your consultation online. My number is 1-603-893-0074.

Each year Black Friday gets bigger than the year before with stores trying to outdo one another, offering the biggest and the best, cheaper than their competitors.  No matter how popular Black Friday increasingly becomes or how much Cyber Monday tries to steal its’ spotlight offering those less inclined to pepper spray their way to the biggest TV an online version the following Monday.  Does it really matter who stampedes their way to the front of the line for the biggest, best, cheapest?  Not if you’ve just been arrested for shoplifting or accused of “willful concealment” in New Hampshire.

It is important that if you get accused of shoplifting and you are brought into a loss prevention or store security office that you do not say anything or sign anything. Don’t let them bully you into signing anything. They will try to get you to make all sorts of admissions. You do not even need to give loss prevention, store security or mall security your identification.

The store security or loss prevention people will call the cops if they suspect you of shoplifting. When the cops come to arrest you be polite and don’t resist, but don’t admit anything either. Do not let the store security people take your picture: they’re not cops and they can’t make you do anything.

When the cops arrive make sure you are respectful and do not resist arrest. Be polite, go with the cops quietly. Make sure you have some bail money with you. Don’t make any statements! Remember, call me right away after you get released: 1-603-893-0074

Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Black Friday. If you do get busted this weekend though call me right away at 1-603-893-0074. I look forward to speaking with you!

Please have a safe and pepper-spray free Black Friday this year! Happy Shopping!
The Law Office of Mark Stevens



Call me right away after you are released (24/7) 1.603.893.0074

Call today for a free initial consultation:

DWI & Criminal Defense Attorney Mark Stevens
Law Offices of Mark Stevens
5 Manor Parkway
Salem, NH 03079
603-893-0074 (24/7)

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Arrests and indictments for economy-inspired crimes like shoplifting, willful concealment, robbery, burglary, larceny and other theft crimes are rising throughout New Hampshire.

If you have been arrested for shoplifting, willful concealment or any other theft crime in New Hampshire, or if someone wants to “ask you some questions”,”talk to you” or “have you come down to make out a statement”, call 1-603-893-0074 for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.

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.


  • 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:

Mark Stevens
Law Offices of Mark Stevens
5 Manor Parkway
Salem, NH 03079


Have a Safe & Pepper-Spray-Free Holiday Weekend!

The Law Offices of Mark Stevens


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