LAWYERS have revealed three key mistakes to avoid if you ever get accused of stealing from Walmart.
The law firms of Stephen Bilkis & Associates pointed out that the retailer frequently faces shoplifting cases.
It therefore emphasizes loss prevention tactics.
One such tactic is employing uniformed and plainclothes security guards, which New York attorneys say is done in their state.
The company reportedly employs many security guards who work in plain clothes and often look like teenagers.
Additionally, the bureau revealed that Walmart uses multiple cameras in each store that are able to zoom in and track suspected shoplifters.
Although New York lawyers shared some professional advice on what people in the state could do if charged with shoplifting to avoid further indictment, what the law firm shares is specific. to New York law.
You may find that some of the lawyers’ advice regarding New York’s Walmarts is also true for other stores – but take the advice with caution as The Sun does not give legal advice.
Advice could be very helpful if you are in a similar situation, but you should always speak to a lawyer for yourself.
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Walmart security officers can legally detain you if they have reason to suspect you’ve shoplifted, the office said.
In most cases, Walmart’s undercover security officers will confront you in the store or as you leave if they suspect you’ve shoplifted.
It’s likely that the security guard saw you hiding an item or trying to leave the store without paying for the merchandise before telling you about it.
But, if Walmart doesn’t have good reason to believe you stole goods, its security officers can’t legally detain you, the law firm said.
It is therefore important to know your rights and not to incriminate yourself.
The New York law firm said Walmart stores in its area call the police if someone is suspected of shoplifting products worth $25 or more.
Staff will try to get you to sign a confession and a statement that you will never enter Walmart or Sam’s Club property again, the attorneys said.
This is important to note because if you sign this statement and later walk on Walmart or Sam’s Club property, you could be arrested for trespassing.
Therefore, the law firm advises you not to confess to shoplifting or agree to refrain from entering Walmart or Sam’s Club property either verbally or in writing.
Security officers may also tell you that if you sign a confession or sign a document agreeing not to return to Walmart, they won’t call the police, but that’s also likely to be false, the law firm shared. lawyers.
If the items you’re accused of stealing are worth $25 or more, Walmart, New York attorneys said the company likely already called the police.
According to the law firm, Walmart cannot detain you for an unreasonably long time when it detains you if it suspects you have shoplifted.
He noted that Walmart security can detain you long enough to investigate the incident or long enough for the police to arrive.
“But staff cannot postpone or delay contact with police without good reason,” the law firm said.
Security may not call the police if the items you’ve been accused of stealing are under $25 or you’re a minor, which is important to keep in mind.
If you are a minor, Walmart will call your parents.
But, if you’re of legal age, New York attorneys said they’ll likely let you go after getting your details if the merchandise costs less than $25.
However, it is a mistake to think that you are released safely.
A few days after the incident, Walmart will send you a letter asking you to pay 5 times the value of the item you are suspected of having stolen, the law firm warned.
If the item you’ve been suspected of stealing is over $25 and you’re detained or even arrested, lawyers said that doesn’t mean you shoplifted or you’ll be found guilty. of shoplifting.
There are often defenses that could be used to reduce or dismiss theft charges, the law firm said, which experienced Walmart attorneys are familiar with its policies.