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Many people see the crime of shoplifting as a very minor one, with few repercussions or penalties. In fact, if you are convicted of shoplifting in the state of Mississippi, you could face serious consequences, even finding yourself behind bars. In other words, your life, both present and future, can be altered in ways you may not have imagined when you shoplift an item. As many as ten million people have been caught shoplifting over the past five years—while about a quarter of those were teens or children, the vast majority were adults.
When you consider the most common shoplifted items include baby formula and meat, it seems as though many shoplifters may truly be taking items they did not pay for out of financial need. Most people who are caught shoplifting really had no intention of committing a crime when they entered the store. Some people shoplift out of financial need, others on impulse, and still others honestly meant to pay for the item—it was truly an accident when they walked out of the store with the unpaid item. Whatever the reasons behind the shoplifting incident, you need a Mississippi attorney who can work hard on your behalf to minimize the potential consequences.