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Shoplifting is a widespread problem in California and nationwide

Juveniles accused of shoplifting could face relatively serious penalties under California laws. While shoplifting is a huge problem nationwide, many of those accused of this crime may face charges based on insufficient proof or a simple misunderstanding. Those in this situation certainly maintain the right to defend themselves.

According to statistics, one in four youth have admitted to shoplifting. While taking that pack of gum, clothing item, food, toy or whatever the item may be seems like such a minor thing, shoplifting actually has a significant impact on economic growth. Too many believe this is a victimless crime. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth.

Some would say that the resources needed to tackle this growing problem is not worth the expense. At the end of the day, there is an average of 550,000 shoplifting incidents that occur daily nationwide. This adds up to about $13 billion in goods being stolen every year; which is an average of $35 million a day. This is a significant sum that needs to be made up by retailers somehow. Unfortunately, consumers are often punished by this in the form of increased prices.

Having an understanding as to how shoplifting affects retailers and consumers makes it easier to understand the seriousness of the crime and the consequences California youth face if they are convicted of committing such an act. Some of these consequences include fines and time in a youth detention center. Assistance is available to help youth and their parents fully investigate the allegations and question the reliability or relevance of any evidence offered. Doing so could help in fighting the charges and seeking the best outcome possible for the situation.

Source:, "Say No to Shoplifting: The Issue", Nov 24, 2014

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