Shoplifting and the Holidays

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With the holidays coming up, there are bound to be people who engage in shoplifting. Most stores now have some kind of security system, which includes cameras, and Loss Prevention Officers that will monitor the stores. 

Shoplifting is a charge that requires the State to prove that you willfully concealed the goods or merchandise of a store without permission, and without purchasing the good or merchandise while still on the premises of the store. 

Larceny is a similar charge that you may be charged with if you take property from a store. The state has to prove that you took personal property in the possession of another and carried it away without that person's permission with the intent to permanently keep the possession even though you knew you were not entitled to it. For purposes of a larceny charge, a store will be treated like a person. 

If you have questions about shoplifting/larceny, or have recently been charged with one of these offenses, contact the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel. The attorneys may be able to enroll you in a first time offender program to earn a dismissal if you have never committed an offense before. There are ways to fight these charges, and attorneys like Kristi Haddock and Wiley Nickel can fight for the best possible outcome for your case. 


Wiley Nickel

Wiley Nickel lives and works in Cary, North Carolina. In 1998, he graduated from Tulane University with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. After college Wiley went to work for Al Gore and travelled with the Vice President as part of his national advance staff. Following the Gore campaign he earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005. While in law school Wiley worked as a law clerk in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable criminal trial experience before taking and passing the California bar exam. His first job out of law school was for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office where he worked as a Deputy District Attorney with a focus on prosecuting DWI offenders. Wiley later joined the Law Offices of Joseph Uremovic where he focused on civil litigation and family law. When the opportunity came to join the Obama campaign in 2008 Wiley jumped at the chance. He spent three years travelling with President Obama as a member of his national advance team. In 2011 Wiley left his work for the White House to return to the practice of law. Wiley devotes the majority of his practice to the areas of criminal law, family law, traffic tickets and DMV issues. The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel was started with the goal of providing the best representation possible for all of his clients. Experienced, Compassionate, Aggressive Criminal Defense While defense attorney Wiley Nickel works as the primary attorney for all of his cases, he does have an associate attorney, a team of investigators, forensic consultants, and support staff to call on to help achieve the best possible result in every case. He limits his case load so that he can focus on providing the best possible legal defense to all of his clients. Every case is a top priority and the goal is to have your case dismissed with a focus on being able to expunge your charges at the end of the process. When he is not working, Wiley is an avid family man, distance runner and golfer. He loves North Carolina college sports and is hoping this is the year for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Wiley is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and California.