Shoplifting Offenses

Additional Penalties for Shoplifting: If Convicted, Will You Have to Pay Restitution?

Interviewer: You mentioned that in some cases that a judge will impose 10 days in jail and in some cases more. What other penalties are associated with shoplifting charges?  Are they monetary damages? It Is Likely That Restitution Will Be a Component of Sentencing Dale: Most people who are convicted are going to have to pay restitution....

Is There a Certain Demographic of the Population Frequently Charged with Shoplifting?

Interviewer: What’s a typical frame or background of someone who shoplifts? Do they tend to be younger or older in age? What is the demographic? Dale: No, pretty much every age group has been charged with shoplifting. There are people that have never shoplifted in their lives. Recently, I handled a case that involved a teacher, 46...

What Will Occur if You Are Detained by Store Personnel?

Interviewer: What happens, will security walk up and say, “Come with me” or something similar to that? Dale: Yes, that is generally what they will say. Interviewer: After that, are people taken into a room? Are they handcuffed? What is the typical chain of events that occur after being detained? If You Refuse to Comply with Store Personnel,...

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