One of the more common shoplifting arrest cases that we see are from Khol's. This mid-range department store caters to shoppers with a variety of clothing and general housewares. To keep prices low, and compete with competitors such as Wal-Mart, Khol's has adopted a highly aggressive loss prevention program including detection, monitoring and arrest of suspected shoplifters.
Khol's shoplifting cases are regularly prosecuted in the Town of Lexington Municipal Court, City of Columbia Municipal Court and other Magistrate or Municipal Court. Defendants in these cases can come from all walks of life. Many times someone arrested actually has the money that could have been used to pay for the purchase.
If you have been arrested for shoplifting the police could either choose to give you a ticket, or actually take you to jail. Either way you are facing the same criminal charge and the same penalties. These include a possible sentence of jail or a fine, as well as a publically available criminal record. Those arrested for shoplifting may face the risk of loss of employment, and because shoplifting is considered a crime of moral turptitude, anyone convicted may have difficulty passing any future background screening.
We believe that everyone who has been arrested for this offense should meet with a lawyer prior to going to Court. Having a criminal defense lawyer review your case can alert you to any potential legal or factual defenses, as well as the availability of any diversionary programs. If you decide to hire an attorney they can help you negotiate a dismissal or reduction of your charge, negotiate placement into pre-trial intervention or help present your defenses in Court. We can help determine the best strategy to help protect your record and your freedom.
The Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, located in Lexington, South Carolina, helps people avoid unnecessary, false or unfair criminal convictions for shoplifting. If you have been arrested there is no charge to meet with a defense attorney to discuss your case. Khol's shoplifting defense cases are accepted throughout South Carolina.