It’s that time of year again. Friends and family are descending upon local shopping centers to get the best deals and terrorize the seasonal hires. It also when the same department and big box stores ramp up their security in hopes of nabbing would be thieves. Yes, it’s shoplifting season again, and you’d better watch out. Otherwise you might be taking a sleigh ride down to the police station.
Make no mistake about it; retailers devote millions of dollars every year attempting to offset loss prevention. The more shoplifters they catch, the better their yearly earnings. So, if you are considering a five-finger discount on the latest gadget or fashion item, think again. Stores are checking to see who is being naughty and they will prosecute to the highest extent of the law.
Take for instance the elderly woman in Augusta, GA recently caught walking away with almost $23,000 in stolen goods. In the State of California, such a crime could land a senior citizen in serious trouble. While prosecutors might be hesitant to throw the book at her, she would face charges of petty theft or shoplifting. Both charges can equal up to serious fines and jail time.
If you have been arrested for shoplifting this holiday season, do yourself a favor and remain silent. Let the authorities do their job while you contact a criminal defense attorney. While you may be a suspect, that doesn’t make you guilty – no matter who is making the list and checking it twice.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact the Law Office of Michael L. Guisti.
You can reach us at (888) 478-8999.