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Shoplifting Charges

Have You or a Loved One Been Arrested for Shoplifting?

Shoplifting charges can seem minor but they can have a serious impact on your future. Don’t wait – contact an experienced and proven shoplifting defense attorney at Dhar Law, LLP. 


If you or a loved one has been arrested on a shoplifting charge it can be a jarring experience. Shoplifting may be viewed as a minor offense, but it can remain on your criminal record and impact job opportunities, college funding and more. A conviction of shoplifting can increase the gravity of any future offense. At Dhar Law, LLP, we take all charges seriously and understand that your future is worth fighting for. We build a formidable defense strategy that offers the chance to reduce or in some cases with dismissed charges so you can walk away with a clean slate. Please call us today if you or someone you know is facing a shoplifting charge.


We are a Boston-based firm who can respond at urgent notice if you or anyone you know is facing a charge like shoplifting. We are connected to local communities and are sensitive to the context in which people may be facing charges like shoplifting. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today. 

Vikas S. Dhar is widely recognized as one of Boston’s premier criminal defense attorneys and a leader in the New England legal community. As a seasoned trial lawyer and a “Top 40 Under 40” criminal defense attorney, he has been honored as a New England Super Lawyer in the area of White-Collar Criminal Defense over the past 14 years by Boston Magazine.

Shoplifting Penalties

Shoplifting is a form of larceny, and occurs when an individual deprives another person of their property without their permission and with the intent of permanently depriving the property owner. If shoplifting is proven, in addition to criminal charges you may be held liable under civil law to the owner of the stolen property for damages up to $500, or you may be required to pay retail value for the merchandise if the property is not recoverable. Shoplifting penalties can be severe and can affect many areas of your life. 

Expensive Fines


A Criminal Record

Civil Penalties

Anti-Theft Class

Know Your Rights

Shoplifting is a common crime. More than 10 million people have been caught shoplifting in the last 5 years. If your case is reliant on witness observations as opposed to video evidence there may be ways to defend against a charge of shoplifting. 

When you are facing a shoplifting charge, we will work tirelessly to negotiate a plea deal or have your arrest or conviction expunged. You don’t have to stand by and let this derail your life. Please call our experienced and trusted Boston shoplifting attorneys to see how we can reclaim your future and fight for you. 


Have you or a family member been charged or arrested? It’s important not to make mistakes early on in your case. Download our PDF on the top 3 things to do to help your defense or if you have been arrested by the State Police or FBI or you are the subject of an FBI Arrest Warrant.

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Heading up the firm, Vikas Dhar is widely recognized as a leader in the New England legal community. An accomplished business litigator and a “Top 40 Under 40” criminal defense attorney, he has also been honored as a New England Super Lawyer/Rising Star in the area of White-Collar Criminal Defense for each of the past six years by Boston Magazine.

I have the power and the skill to be able to save people from themselves. I can be your guide during the darkness. I can hold your hand and navigate you out of the darkness into the light.

— Vikas Dhar
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