What Happens if You Get Caught Shoplifting at Walmart
The reasons people steal from Walmart are as varied as the people who do the stealing. People will come up with such things for being unemployed, they are homeless, their job does not pay enough for them to buy the essentials that they need to support their family -- the list goes on.
Another excuse people may use is that Walmart is part of a chain of stores that make enough in sales that the company will not be hurt financially if the item is a low price item.
Does Walmart Have the Right to Detain You?
It's important to know what gives the store the right to detain you for shoplifting or stealing. There are several things that must occur, but the first is probable cause which means that a Walmart employee must physically see you grab the merchandise and conceal it as you exit or attempt to exit the store. Every jurisdiction is different, but in Orlando, employees do no not have to wait until you leave the store. If you are suspected of shoplifting they may approach you at anytime while you on on the property. However, the key word is "probable cause" because this is what will likely be argued in court. If an attorney is able to prove that there was not enough probable cause for the staff at Walmart to approach you, then your case could get dismissed.
Make Sure Your Rights are Protected
The security team at Walmart has does not have much authority in this situation. They are allowed to keep you from leaving the property, but they do not have the right to confine you to a small room or force you to answer any questions. Remember, you may ask for a lawyer at any time.
If the store does find that you have taken merchandise, they have every right to call law enforcement and have you charged with shoplifting. Both the police and store security will be asking questions that may incriminate you, but you must exercise your right to an attorney and remain silent until he or she arrives.
The Consequences of Stealing From Walmart
Stealing from Walmart consequences can be very damaging to the individual who commits the crime of shoplifting. They can be incarcerated for a few days or a few months, if not for a few years, depending on how much the theft amounts too in dollar value and whether or not they have been arrested for shoplifting in the past.
Along with the possibility of incarceration, the individual may have to pay fines as well as court costs and the fees. There is also a good possibility of being court ordered to not be allowed back into a Walmart shopping center.
Other consequences of shoplifting from Walmart may include how the individual is treated or if they are young enough to still be in school. A conviction for shoplifting can show up on a background check which is commonly done for new employees applying for a job, and a conviction could be the reason for a company to discharge an employee therefore causing them to be without a job at all.
There is also the possibility that when a person has been convicted of shoplifting it is not uncommon for other people to not trust the person as much. Regardless of if the person is of a young age, or an adult some charges of shoplifting will always are on their record and follow them through life.
Have You Been Caught Shoplifting?
If you or someone you know has been charged with stealing from Walmart in the Orlando area, please feel free to give us a call at The Umansky Law Firm. Our theft defense attorneys help you and advise you on the best defense against these charges. Call The Umansky Law Firm today 407-228-3838
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