Removing a Theft Detection Device

Many shoplifting cases in Salt Lake City, Utah, involve a person removing a theft detection device so that the merchandise can be stolen without detection. It is a crime under Utah law to knowingly and intentionally remove a theft detection device from merchandise prior to purchase and without the permission of the merchant. It is also a crime to make or possess a detection device.

These statutes are intended to punish the professional or organized shoplifter. In many cases, law enforcement will go after a ring of shoplifters that work together to more effectively commit these crimes.

If you were charged with removing a theft detection device or possessing a detection shielding device, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP in Salt Lake City, Utah. Our attorneys represent clients charged with a variety of felony and misdemeanor theft charges throughout greater Salt Lake.

Call (801) 532-5297 today to discuss your case and possible defenses. 


Penalties under Section 76-6-608

Under Section 76-6-608, removing a theft detection device is classified as a class B misdemeanor if the value of the merchandise from which the theft detection device is removed is less than $500. If the value of the merchandise from which the theft detection device is removed is or exceeds $500 then the offense is classified as a class A misdemeanor.

If a person uses a theft detection device to actually commit retail theft then this charge is punishable as a separate offense from any offense listed in Title 76, Chapter 6, Part 4, Theft, or Part 6, Retail Theft.


Attorneys for Shoplifting Crimes in Greater Salt Lake  

If you were charged with retail theft or shoplifting in Salt Lake City, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP today. We represent clients charged with theft in Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas. We also represent clients for related charged of possessing a detection shielding service or a removing a theft detection device.

Call (801) 532-5297 today to discuss your case. Let us put our experience to work for you today.