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 Nowadays, you can often encounter shoplifting, be it a grocery store, a hardware store, a clothing store, or another store. The motives for committing thefts by citizens are very different, and one of the most common is the inability to purchase the goods yourself.

 Liability for theft

 When committing a theft, citizens should be aware that they may be held administratively or criminally liable for such action. The line between administrative and criminal liability depends on the amount you committed the theft. Moreover, the amount of theft is determined not by the price tag for the product, but by the invoice for the product (at the price at which the store purchased the product).

 Administrative responsibility

 In case of theft less than 210 UAH. 20 kopecks will bring you to administrative liability with a fine or correctional labor, or administrative arrest.

 Criminal liability

 When committing theft in the amount of more than 210 UAH, 20 kopecks of the perpetrator are criminally prosecuted under Article 185 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Penalties for theft include between 50 and 100 tax-free minimum incomes, community service, arrest or imprisonment. And in the theft plays a role, whether the thief disposed of the stolen goods or not. If the perpetrator was stopped at the moment when he just left the store and did not have time to dispose of the stolen item, he would be prosecuted for attempted theft, and the punishment would be no more than ¾ of the maximum sentence.

 However, it should be borne in mind that theft can imply, as the secret theft of someone else’s property through free access and theft with penetration. These are two different terms that have completely different qualifications and therefore the punishment for the act is different.

 If the theft is committed during the opening of a store and is open to visitors, then such actions should qualify as Part 1 of Art. 185 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

 If a person decides to make money during the period when the shop does not work, and penetrated in any way, whether through the window or through the front door, then such actions qualify as Part 3 of Art. 185 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, and in this case the liability already has more severe consequences, and the person who committed the act can be held liable in the form of imprisonment for a period of 3 to 6 years.

 In addition, the theft also involves committing this act repeatedly and by prior conspiracy by a group of persons.

 In this case, a person who has an outstanding criminal record for a self-serving property crime will be liable for Part 2 of Art. 185 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, and accordingly, if the offense is committed by two or more persons, the liability will be qualified under the same part of the said article.

 Based on the above, think: is it worth the theft of sanctions provided by law or not? Do you need a problem with the law?

 If you or your loved ones have experienced such a problem and you may be prosecuted or prosecuted, please contact the law firm “Prikhodko & Partners”. Our attorneys will analyze your situation and find a solution that will help you adequately get out of the circumstances.

Author: Andrey Kubov

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