There has long been a link between shoplifting and drug abuse. First off, using illegal drugs and engaging in petty theft are both addictive habits. They are also both associated with certain mental conditions, such as depression and bipolar disorder.
Addictiveness is not the only thing that drug use and shoplifting have in common — there is also a causal link. Drug users often develop the habit of stealing alongside their drug addiction as a necessity. When compulsive drug use becomes a reality for the addict, they depend on stealing among other tactics to fund their drug supply.
How common is stealing among drug users?
Stealing is extremely common in drug users. In fact, 25% of arrests for robbery involved marijuana, and 15% involved cocaine. In total, over 50% of robbery and burglary arrests are drug-related. Shoplifting is also common — addicts want to shoplift necessities so that they can put all their cash toward drugs. Shoplifting can also provide a source of income.
What are the consequences of shoplifting in Ohio?
If a person is found guilty of shoplifting an item in Ohio that is less than the value of $1000, they will be charged with a misdemeanor. This means that they could serve up to
Shoplifting arrests could lead to drug possession charges
If a person is arrested for shoplifting, they may be subject to a search and seizure. This means that law enforcement officials could uncover illegal drugs in the defendant’s possession, and this could potentially lead to drug possession charges.
An arrest could be a blessing in disguise
Defendants who have never been accused of a violent crime may be able to go through drug rehabilitation instead of jail time. This is a huge opportunity to change your life for the better.
If you or a loved one has been, make sure to take early action so that a defense can be formed.