Shoplifting is a common offense in North Idaho and can have embarrassing consequences. It can blemish your record and even keep you from getting a decent job. How shoplifting is charged and what potential penalties you face will vary depending on the value of the merchandise taken and your criminal record.
Many people incorrectly think that if they confess to an accusation of shoplifting and apologize to the store, they will not be prosecuted. However, the decision about whether to prosecute does not lie in the hands of the store. It is the prosecutor’s decision, and he may continue to try people for shoplifting even if the store wants to “drop” the charges. Moreover, some stores may try to coerce confessions from you, which can be used against you in a subsequent criminal prosecution.
Unfortunately, many people try to save the money they’d spend on a lawyer, and instead go to court and plead guilty in exchange for probation. The long-term consequences of this decision can far outweigh any money saved. More and more, employers are doing exhaustive criminal records checks on prospective employees. Most consider a shoplifting conviction to be a serious act of dishonesty, which justifies the denial of employment.
If you are being charged or investigated for shoplifting, call an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend your rights. James Bendell has three decades of trial experience, including work as a prosecutor, judge pro tem and Court Commissioner. He will aggressively represent your interests both in and out of the courtroom.
When you have been accused of shoplifting, please don’t take chances with your defense. Call shoplifting attorney James Bendell today at 208-665-4600 or send a quick response email for a free initial consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.