A theft conviction can have a serious negative impact on your future ability to obtain employment or even rent an apartment. Shoplifting is theft. As an example, Walmart Inc. aggressively prosecutes shoplifting and employee theft and its loss prevention officers are in the Wicomico County District Court every day to testify against shoplifters. With the advent of self-checkout, the number of Walmart theft prosecutions has increased dramatically. Whether Walmart or another retailer, the state's attorney offices of Wicomico and Worcester counties will prosecute and seek convictions in shoplifting cases.
At MacDonald Law Office, LLC, our criminal defense lawyers have successfully defended many accused shoplifters in Wicomico and Worcester counties and across Salisbury and Ocean City.
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Strong Defense for Honest Mistakes
Many Salisbury University and UMES students are caught in this pursuit of theft prosecutions. In addition to increasing the temptation for intentional theft, self-checkout opens the door for shoppers to make honest mistakes during the check-out process that can result in a theft prosecution.
Of course, there are surveillance cameras focused on the self-checkout lines that are constantly recording. Walmart loss-prevention officers are now going back and watching old video recordings from the self-checkout lanes, identifying suspected theft after the fact, and instituting theft prosecutions based on identifications made solely using the video.
These prosecutions are attempted even when the suspect is not apprehended in the store at the time of the alleged theft. Some innocent people who made an honest mistake or who were wrongly identified are being rounded up in the Walmart theft dragnet. These types of shoplifting prosecutions have several weaknesses that a good criminal defense attorney can utilize to defend against a theft conviction. Walmart may not be able to authenticate the video or register receipts. The video can be of poor quality, leaving a reasonable doubt as to the identification of the suspect.
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If you are accused of retail theft in Salisbury, Ocean City, or Snow Hill, Maryland, call the MacDonald Law Office, LLC, now and schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys will review your case and evaluate your defenses to this serious criminal charge.
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