‘Shoplifting’ is the term used to describe stealing from a store, as opposed to stealing from another person. This is one of the most common occurrences of theft. Many stores have signs posted stating that shoplifters will be prosecuted. What this means is that the store intends to call the police when they suspect someone of stealing from their store so that the police can arrest and charge the suspect.
It is common for large retailers to employ loss prevention officers, or LPOs. These are individuals employed to investigate thefts occurring in the store and to detain suspected shoplifters until police arrive.
Being convicted of a shoplifting charge can have serious consequences, up to time in jail. Even if it is your first time being charged, you may end up with a criminal record which could hurt your job prospects in the future. Having a lawyer to defend you on these charges could be a great help to keep you criminal-record free.