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What Makes Theft a Felony in Kansas?

Most theft charges in Kansas will result in a felony charge. Theft of $1,000 or more and/or if you have been convicted of theft two or more times you will be charged with a felony. The merchant who is stolen from can also file a civil action and shall be entitled to a civil penalty that can be up to twice the value of the stolen product.

What Is Shoplifting?

Shoplifting is defined by Kansas Law as taking without purchase from an establishment, concealing with the intention to leave the premises of a merchant, altering, or substituting any label or price tag, transferring merchandise from one container to another and/or disarming any alarm tag attached to merchandise. 

An example of shoplifting would be an individual visits a mall, store, grocery store and leaves the store with an item they did not pay for. 


If the item(s) total less than $1,000 then you will be charged with a misdemeanor crime. This is the most severe misdemeanor you can receive in the state of Kansas. More than $1,000, but less than $25,000, will most like be charged as a level 9 felony.Charges filed against can also be based on value of the item(s) stolen and your personal criminal record.

People charged with shoplifting are not always; many times they are given a fine or ticket and a court date especially if they are a resident of Kansas. If you are NOT a resident of Kansas, you will most likely be arrested and be given a bond.

What Is Theft?

Theft is to act in a way that intends to deprive the owner permanently of the possession, to use or benefit of the owner’s property, taking control of someone else's property by exerting control, through deception or by threat. Also obtaining property that you know to be stolen by another.

Charges for theft depend on how you take the property, the value of the property in question and possibly your personal criminal history.


If you or a loved one have been charged with shop lifting or theft in Olathe, there can be serious life changing consequences.

Call  an Olathe theft attorney at Schlagel Long Rivera, LLC today at (913) 359-8996 or use our contact page to schedule a free consultation immediately.


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