Shoplifting with an anti-shoplifting device is automatically a felony in Flordia so you need a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney We know facing charges related to the possession of an anti-shoplifting device in South Florida can be overwhelming, but Rossen Law Firm has expert theft attorneys who are here for you. Contact our firm today to learn more about how our team can help.

What is the Crime of Possessing an Anti-Shoplifting Device? 

Possession of an anti-shoplifting device is often linked to the crime of retail theft – commonly known as shoplifting, which is not a legal term. 

An anti-shoplifting or inventory control device is anything that is designed, made, or modified to remove or defeat any device that detects shoplifting. 

Retail theft is a crime that includes stealing merchandise, property, money, removing labels and product codes or price tags – or even taking a shopping cart – with the intent to deprive the merchant of the use, benefit or full retail value of the merchandise. 

Find the legal definition of theft on our theft page. As a Fort Lauderdale attorney can further explain, retail theft can be either a Petit Theft or Grand Theft crime – and sometimes the line is blurred between the two.


Possession of an anti-shoplifting device in South Florida is considered to be a very serious crime, making it vital to enlist the help of an experienced attorney in this situation. Possession of an anti-shoplifting device is an automatic felony which has its own severe consequences without the addition of another charge. 

Possession of an anti-shoplifting device is an automatic third-degree felony. A third-degree felony carries consequences of up to 5 years in prison and fines of up to $5,000 in Florida. 

If the attempted stolen property is used with an anti-shoplifting device and valued at more than $750, then the crime is a form of grand theft (felony). If the stolen property is used with an anti-shoplifting device and valued at less than $750, then the crime is a form of petit theft (misdemeanor).


If you’re facing the charge of possession of an anti-shoplifting device – you’ve made a wise decision to connect with us. Rossen Law Firm has a significant amount of experience and provides remarkable results for their client’s theft and possession of anti-shoplifting device charges in South Florida.

We understand times are tough and social pressures play a significant part in crimes like possession of an anti-shoplifting device and theft. We believe that bad things can happen to good people and we are here to help you.

If you’re facing charges in Fort Lauderdale for the possession of an anti-shoplifting device, give our office a call. We’ll listen to your story, discuss the best course of action for you, and fight for your rights until the end. A mistake does not define who you are.

Possession of an Anti-shoplifting Device Defenses

  • First Offense: If the crime of possessing an anti-shoplifting device is an individual first defense, an attorney could request that the judge be more lenient to the defendant. 

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If you call our office and make an appointment to discuss your case with us, we give FREE strategy sessions so you can see our work ethic for yourself.


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