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.
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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.
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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.
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