Conspiracy to Commit Shoplifting in Minnesota

While shoplifting is a serious crime in Minnesota, conspiracy to commit shoplifting may enhance shoplifting charges in the state. It’s important to understand the differences between these crimes and how the conspiracy to commit may affect theft charges.

Minnesota Shoplifting Laws

Shoplifting is regarded as theft in Minnesota criminal law. If an individual is accused of shoplifting, he or she may be charged with theft of property.

Generally, concealing or taking property without a storeowner’s permission is considered theft. Other forms of theft include false representation of one’s self to procure goods or services from a store, changing price tags to reflect false prices, and the consumption of food or beverages in stores without purchasing them.

If people are caught committing theft in Minnesota, the charges may include:

  • Petty theft — A misdemeanor charge that involves the theft of property valued at less than $500, potentially resulting in a sentence of up to three months in jail and a fine of as much as $1,000.
  • Gross misdemeanor theft — This charge accounts for the theft of items valued between $500 and $1,000, with a possible sentence of one year in prison and up to a $3,000 fine.

The third and more complex charge is felony theft, which features three sublevels of charges and sentencing based on the offense. Felony theft involving property between $1,000 and $5,000 could result in a five-year prison sentence and a fine of as high as $10,000. For theft of property between $5,000 and $35,000, offenders could be sentenced to 10 years in prison and be fined up to $20,000. If the property is valued at $35,000 or more, offenders could receive a 20-year prison sentence and a $100,000 fine.

How Conspiracy to Commit Shoplifting May Enhance Theft Charges

In addition to theft charges, people in Minnesota may be charged with conspiracy to commit theft, regardless of whether the theft took place. Even speaking about planning to commit theft with another person can result in criminal charges.

People charged with conspiracy to commit theft may be sentenced to up to 90 days in jail and receive fines of as much as $300. 

As these charges make clear, whether committing or merely planning on committing the crime, Minnesota takes all forms of theft very seriously.

Max Keller has won countless jury trial cases involving misdemeanors and felonies, sex crimes, and DWI’s. He is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, which only allows the top 50 criminal defense attorneys in the state as members. Max is a frequent speaker at CLE’s and is often asked for advice by other defense attorneys across Minnesota.

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What to Do If You Have Been Charged with a Criminal Offense

Stay calm and compose after getting accused of a crime but not charged in Minneapolis, MN. Do not discuss the facts of your case with anyone, including your relatives and family members. Hire a criminal defense attorney with a demonstrated record of winning cases like yours. Your attorney will discuss your rights, guide you on how to cooperate with law enforcement within the legal boundaries, and build a solid defense strategy to fight the charges you could face in the future.
Expungement and sealing of records in Minnesota affect how your criminal history appears to government agencies and the public. The main difference between the two legal actions is that expungement permanently removes past arrests, criminal charges, or convictions from private and public databases, while sealing hides the criminal record from the public. Courts, government entities, and law enforcement agencies can access sealed criminal records.
Minnesota recently passed a public safety bill that brings sweeping changes to the state’s juvenile justice system. While minors sometimes run afoul of the law, the juvenile justice system seeks to account for the differences between children and adults. Therefore, while the penalties for adults convicted of crimes focus on punishment, those for juveniles are aimed at diversion and restorative practices.