What is the statute of limitation for shoplifting?

How long do they have to review tapes and go back and charge you if they find other thefts?

Asked on November 2, 2011 under Criminal Law, Kansas


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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Different states in this country have different statutes of limitations for a shop lifting offense (criminal matter) and the time frame differs if the charge is a misdemeanor of a felony offense.

If the shop lifting offense is a misdemeanor, most likely the statute of limitations for the district attorney's office to file a criminal complaint would be up to a year after the offense occured. In your situation, if there is tape of you doing a criminal offense, you should be concerned that the owner of the establishment whose property was taken may make a report against you.

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