Criminal Defense Blog NYC

Avoid Shoplifting Arrest (When You’re Not Shoplifting)

Posted on January 5, 2018

HOW TO AVOID BEING ARRESTED FOR SHOPLIFTING:

  1. DON’T carry unpurchased merchandise into a store restroom (no matter how badly you have to go).
  2. DON’T place unpurchased merchandise into a bag containing purchased merchandise from another store, or from the same store

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Preserving Shoplifting Surveillance Video

Posted on January 4, 2018

If you’ve been falsely accused of shoplifting, your lawyer should immediately consider preserving shoplifting surveillance video.

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Attention Shoppers: Don’t Pay Civil Penalty for Shoplifting – Part 1

Posted on January 3, 2018

If you’re arrested for stealing merchandise from a New York City retail store, the store will demand that you pay a “civil penalty” for shoplifting.  Unless your lawyer advises otherwise, don’t pay the civil penalty.

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Attention Shoppers: Don’t Pay Civil Penalty for Shoplifting – Part 2

Posted on January 2, 2018

While a suspected shoplifter is under arrest at the store, security guards typically will attempt to get the suspect to: 

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Attention Shoppers: Don’t Pay Civil Penalty for Shoplifting – Part 3

Posted on January 1, 2018

After you’ve been arrested for shoplifting at Macy’s, or Century 21, or Sephora, etc., you will eventually be released to the safety of your home.  Within a week or so, you will receive a letter in the mail from a law firm.  The letter will demand that you pay the retailer a civil penalty, up to $500, in connection with the alleged shoplift.

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