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Property Crimes in Rhode Island

Property crimes in Rhode Island include but are not limited to the following crimes: Arson, Burglary, Embezzlement, Larceny, Shoplifting and Vandalism. If you or a loved one has been charged with any of these crimes, call right away, and remember, please do not plead guilty to a crime unless you’ve first had the benefit of speaking with an attorney.

For example, below are the penalties for shoplifting. Depending on the circumstances, your disposition could mean the difference between having no criminal record and a felony or misdemeanor record. At the least, either could have a negative impact on your employment.

Shoplifting Penalties in Rhode Island

  • MISDEMEANOR SHOPLIFING
  1. PRISON: UP TO 1 YEAR AND/OR
  2. FINE:  UP TP $50 OR 2 TIMES THE FULL RETAIL VALUE OF MERCHANDISE WHICHEVER IS GREATER NOT TO EXCEED $500.
  • FELONY SHOPLIFING
  1. PRISON: UP TO  5 YEARS AND/OR
  2. FINE: UP TO $5,000

Helpful Links

United States Constitution
Rhode Island Constitution
Rhode Island General Laws
Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation




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