One common crime that people face, especially when they are young, is shoplifting. If you were convicted of this crime at some point in your life, this seemingly harmless issue could continue to haunt you for years to come. For this reason, many people who face a shoplifting conviction hope to get it erased from their criminal record. If this is something that you want to do, you should consider filing for a pardon.


Shoplifting is a fairly common and minor crime. A person is guilty of this crime if they intentionally take certain goods , wares, or merchandise from a mercantile establishment or store. These goods must be offered for sale for it to be considered shoplifting. If a person does this with the intention of keeping the item without paying the purchase price, they could get convicted of shoplifting. This crime really hinges on the perpetrator’s intention. If a person does not intend to defraud a store, they don’t commit shoplifting. For example, if you put something in your cart while you’re shopping and you accidentally walk out of the store without paying, you can use this as a defense.

But, if a person intentionally conceals unpurchased goods at a store, it is presumed that they intend to leave the store without purchasing the item. This is what the prosecution will try to prove in a case of this kind. So as you can see, this case could hinge on the facts of your intentions.

If convicted of this crime, you will likely face fines and possibly jail time as well.

Getting a Pardon

Getting a pardon can help if you faced a shoplifting conviction. Such a conviction can have implications for your life beyond the actual conviction. It can make it difficult to get a job and bar you from certain professions. It can also make your personal life difficult, as being convicted of a crime carries a certain negative stigma. So, a pardon can help you recover from this conviction.

Remember that if you want to apply for a pardon, you will have to wait 3-5 years from the time of your conviction. This will depend on if your shoplifting charge constituted a felony or a misdemeanor. Once you are eligible, you should consider applying as soon as possible.

Another thing to consider is contacting a pardons lawyer. Such a lawyer can guide you through the process and make sure that you meet the application requirements. For more information on getting a pardon for your shoplifting conviction, contact my office.

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