Around the holidays the malls are packed full of shoppers filling their carts to the brim. Along with shoppers, the malls are also packed with Loss Prevention Officers (LPO’s) who spend each day looking for shoppers who skip the cash register.
You might assume that if you do not see any workers nearby you are in the clear, however, most stores now have security cameras at every turn which are monitored live from a back office. If you are charged with shoplifting or larceny at one of the major stores like, Belk, Walmart, Ulta, Kohls, Target etc. or a smaller store, you should call an attorney right away.
What is the difference between Shoplifting and Larceny?
· To be found guilty of Shoplifting, the State must prove that you willfully concealed (hid) the goods or merchandise of a store without authority, and without purchasing the good or merchandise while still on the premises of the store (meaning you did not actually walk out of the store with the goods).
· To be found guilty of Larceny, the State must prove that you took personal property in the possession of another (like a store) and carried it away without that person/store’s permission with the intent to permanently keep the possession even though you knew you were not entitled to it.
If it is your first offense, we may be able to enroll you in a first time offender program to earn a dismissal. If it is not your first offense, or if you believe you were wrongly charged, we can aggressively fight your charge in court. Sometimes the loss prevention officer’s do not show up to court, or do not have a video of the alleged activity. Without the loss prevention officer, it is very difficult or impossible for the State of North Carolina to prove their case.
If you were charged with shoplifting, or larceny contact attorney Kristi Haddock or attorney Wiley Nickel with The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC for a free consultation. You may reach us by phone at 919-585-1486 or by email at Kristi@wileynickel.com or Wiley@wileynickel.com . Our office is conveniently located in Cary near the Harrison Avenue exit off I-40.