In the state of Florida, any felon over the age of 18 with a 3rd degree felony can serve up to 5 years in prison, A 2nd degree, up to 15 years, and a first degree, 30 years. Stealing/Shop-lifting, depending on the circumstances, can mount up to many years in prison. Any type of stealing will always be a crime and will have an effect on your future, and even your city. There are not just a few shoplifters in your area, NASP has recorded millions. Stealing can not only get someone into a lot of trouble, but can cause many problems in the future not just for adults but for adolescence as well. If an adult (someone over the age of 18) is charged with theft such as, grand larceny, or 3rd degree felony (unless expunged by the judge) will permanently affect an application for a job/career, college, ex. And affect your long-term goals. Nobody wants the liability of a possible thief. Stealing will also jeopardize any trust from anyone such as family, friends, teachers, co-workers, businesses, and more. People who steal are known to not be reliable or trustworthy.
How many shoplifters are recorded in the U.S.? According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP), there are approximately 27 million shoplifters in America alone. This equates to 1 in 11 people. More than 10 million have been caught in the past 5 years. Adolescence make up 25% of the shoplifters, adults; 75%. It usually starts in the teenage years. When asked, 72-73% of adults and juveniles do not plan to steal, just act impulsively. 89% of teenagers say they know other people their age who steal. And 66% say the associate with them, only 3% of shoplifters are professionals. But they make up 10% of the total dollar losses. Even after being caught in the act, 57% of adults and 33% of juveniles say it is difficult to stop even after being caught! Habitual thieves shoplift on an average of 1.6 times a week. Shoplifting is a crime that in a mild case, will most likely be expunged.
More serious cases such as; robbery, carjacking, and burglary which are other sources of stealing will not be expunged from a person’s record. Arson, domestic violence, child molestation, aggravated assault, drug trafficking, prostitution, aggravated battery, pandering, kidnapping, are more crimes that will forever be on a person’s record. If a person pleads “guilty” or “no contest” to any of the charges below, he/she will not be eligible for expungement. To steal from a store does not only affect the felon and their future goals, but it also affects the community in such ways. If they are to steal from a store for example, the store purchases the merchandise and sells it to recoup the cost and make a profit as a business so they can provide products to people.
If it is stolen, the costs of other items are raised to cover the loss, and the people who might otherwise buy it can no longer afford it. The store can’t afford to operate without sales and it could shut down. If a certain store shuts down residents of the community will have to travel farther away to attain goods and services. As a community issue, stealing merchandise from stores leads to being very destructive. Stealing is against the law, no matter who you are or what you have accomplished, the law applies to you. If there is something in the world you want, our society expects you to work for it and pay for it yourself. It is part of what we call morals. Everyone has their own responsibilities to obtain.