More so today than ever before, retail stores are on the lookout for shoplifters. And for this reason, you could find yourself accused of this crime when you actually did nothing wrong.
Here are three things you should do if you're accused of shoplifting by a store associate or security guard:
Even though shoplifting doesn't sound like the most serious criminal charge, it can have a far-reaching impact on your life. This is particularly true if you're charged with stealing an ultra-expensive item.
Once you understand your criminal charges, revisit the circumstances of your arrest with the idea of creating a defense strategy. When doing so, focus on anything that will prove that you weren't shoplifting. Your goal is to settle on a strategy that allows you to avoid a conviction and the consequences associated with it.