Shoplifting is a common crime in Jacksonville and throughout North Carolina during all times of the year; however, during the holidays, it seems the news outlets report more stories of shoplifting. Regardless of whether this is simply a news cycle or a reality, shoplifting is a crime in North Carolina whenever and for whatever reason it is committed.
Two suspects are wanted in Jacksonville, NC for allegedly shoplifting at the Belk store in Jacksonville Mall. Allegedly, an armed robbery occurred at the Jacksonville Circle K on Pine Valley Road. When the suspects are apprehended, the exact charges filed against the suspects will depend on several factors such as the value of the items involved; whether the suspects left the store with the items or just concealed them; whether the suspects used a firearm in the commission of the crime; and, whether the person tampered with or attempted to tamper with an anti-shoplifting device. Theft can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor depending on the facts and circumstances of the case.
Depending on the specific shoplifting charge and your criminal history, a conviction on a North Carolina shoplifting charge could result in severe penalties including a prison sentence, expensive fines, probation, community service, restitution, and a permanent criminal record. All of the potential consequences for an NC shoplifting offense have long-term consequences. Your criminal record could prevent you from advancing in your career or obtaining the job that you want. If possible, you need to avoid a criminal conviction. The best way to do that is to retain an experienced Jacksonville criminal defense attorney to protect your rights as you fight your North Carolina shoplifting charge.
Can I Fight a Jacksonville Shoplifting Charge and Win?
Yes, you may be able to fight the criminal charge and win; however, you need to contact our office immediately. We need to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding the charges and the arrest. In some cases, you may have a valid legal defense to the shoplifting charges such as when the police make an error during the investigation or the arrest.
If you are charged with shoplifting in North Carolina, invoke your right to remain silent except for asking for your attorney. It is only natural to tell “your side of the story” to the police; however, this can hurt your case. The police will not push you to speak with an attorney. They may not read you the Miranda rights before questioning in an attempt to get information that they may not be able to use in court but that may help them build a case against you. Do not fall for police tactics. Immediately invoke your right to remain silent and remain silent until your attorney arrives.
Understanding Your Legal Rights
If you or someone you know has been charged with shoplifting in North Carolina, contact our office immediately. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys will review the evidence against you and conduct our own investigation to determine how strong the state’s case is against you for the shoplifting charge. A shoplifting charge is serious; therefore, you need an attorney who will present an aggressive legal defense to protect your rights and to give you the best possible chance of obtaining a positive outcome in your criminal case.
Contact a Jacksonville Shoplifting Attorney
The criminal defense lawyers of The Trevor J. Avery Law Firm represent clients throughout Onslow County, Duplin County, and the surrounding communities. Call our office at (910) 405-8459 or contact us online today for a free case evaluation. Our attorneys will be with you every step of the criminal process as we work with you to put this incident behind you so that you can move forward.
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