Can you attempt to handle stolen goods?
⇒ It is not necessary for the prosecution to prove who stole the goods, as long as it is clear the goods have been stolen by someone. ⇒ If the defendant believes the goods to be stolen, but in fact they are not, then the defendant may be guilty of an attempted handling offence.
Is shoplifting a recordable offence?
Ultimately, a person caught shoplifting may be arrested and put on trial. A shoplifting conviction will result in a criminal record and a sentence. A police caution may be given as an alternative to prosecution. If accepted, this caution still comes with a criminal record.
Is shoplifting a summary offence?
The significance is clear, low-value shoplifting is a summary only offence until and unless the defendant elects for trial on indictment. The technicalities of whether the offence is a summary only, or indictable can have significant ramifications for a defendant.