Louisiana Shoplifting Laws

I have been receiving an unusually high number of questions about the crime of shoplifting, its penal consequences and the grade of the offense (misdemeanor or felony).    During the 2017 legislative session, Louisiana lawmakers completely repealed this statute. Commencing August 1, 2017, the following crime no longer exists. This offense is now prosecuted under La R.S. 14:67. What is Theft of Goods in New Orleans? In the Louisiana Criminal Code, shoplifting is called “theft of goods.”  The statute can be found at La. RS 14:67.10 and reads in pertinent part: Theft of goods is the misappropriation or taking [...]

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