Idaho Theft Crimes - Shoplifting

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Idaho Shoplifting 

Illegally taking property from a store or retail shop is known as shoplifting. As "Shoplifting" is not its own separate offense in Idaho, often times shoplifting is charged as one of the following crimes: 

If you were arrested or cited for shoplifting, it is important to know which crime you are charged with and what that means for you.

*For a full understanding on the differences, take a look at the Idaho code: §18-2407 (Grading Theft); §18-2406 (Defenses); §18-2408 (Punishment); §18-1401-06 (Burglary).

"It's Just Shoplifting"

While some people believe shoplifting is "no big deal", this is far from the truth. it is vitally important that you do not just plead guilty thinking that nothing serious is likely to happen.

If Convicted, What Are The Penalties For Shoplifting?

The potential penalties depend upon which theft crime you are actually charged with but they all involve:
✧ Fines
✧ Jail time
✧ Community service
✧ Restitution to the victims


For Petty (Petit) Theft in Idaho you could face fines up to $1,000 and a year imprisonment in county jail. For Willful Concealment up to a $1000.00 fine and six (6) months in county jail. While not as severe as the consequences associated with Burglary or Grand Theft, they should not be taken lightly.

However, the punishment assigned by the court is just the beginning...

A Shoplifting conviction can have serious short and long term consequences beyond those punishments ordered by the court, potentially affecting your employment, personal relationships, and reputation. 

Theft is considered a "crime of moral turpitude" and can have a severe impact on many areas of your life.

A conviction can be particularly harmful in terms of:

  • Maintaining current employment,
  • Gaining future employment,
  • State licensing,
  • Obtaining professional licenses and certifications,
  • Federal Student Loans for education,
  • and other benefits.

The conviction will appear on any background checks and employers tend to pass on applicants with theft records, fearing them to be dishonest and having the potential to steal from their companies.

Fight Your Theft Charge

Do not let a theft conviction follow you around for the rest of your life. Let us fight to keep you out of jail and keep a theft conviction off your record.

An experienced Idaho theft crimes attorney can fight the charge and keep it off your record. Every theft case is different and William Young scrutinizes the facts of every case to see if the prosecutor really has enough evidence to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If not, we can challenge the evidence in court, get the case dropped, or win the case at trial.

Even if the evidence is overwhelming, we can fight to try and get the charge reduced or limit the punishment to community service and/or probation.

Free Consultation

Each case is unique. The strength and weakness of your case will depend on the particular facts of your case. Contact us for a free consultation. We will answer any questions you have, and give you an honest assessment of your case.

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We are committed to providing every client with the respect and compassion they deserve; Every case will receive our full attention and passion. We work one-on-one with every client to make sure you get the best defense possible.

Schofield and Young
950 W. Bannock St., Suite 630
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 344-0128
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