A LAWYER has revealed his three golden tips that could help you avoid a $150,000 fine if you are wrongly accused of shoplifting.
Law firm Mollo attorneys with expert knowledge of the industry say they can stop retail giants such as Walmart from wrongfully convicting customers.
New Jersey criminal defense attorney Al Mollo insists that having legal representatives with experience on the specific topic is essential.
Big-name stores like Walmart seem to be more prone to petty theft than smaller businesses — and they’re tough on looters.
Mollo Law says the grocery chain is “unique” because of its wide variety of departments and products – which can sometimes be buried in the shopping cart.
This can lead to customers being falsely accused of shoplifting simply because they forgot to purchase an item.
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The law firm defines shoplifting as “a type of theft that occurs when a person enters a store and steals goods without intent to pay.”
But since Mollo Law has an enviable knowledge of Walmart’s products and procedures, they insist they can save the wrongfully accused from their legal troubles.
The first tip of their three-pronged defense is to discredit the generally strong evidence provided by the grocery store.
CCTV would prove that the suspect was at the scene and this footage should be carefully reviewed by your lawyer.
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Mollo Law explained that lawyers should then question how law enforcement handled that evidence — and look for any errors.
The second suggestion is to consider potential witnesses – such as customers, store employees or security guards – who might testify if the case goes to trial.
Again, these bystanders have the ability to place the accused at the scene.
Mollo Law advises attorneys to interview the list of potential witnesses to find out the validity of their version of events.
If discrepancies are found in their accounts, it could help prove a Walmart shopper’s innocence.
The third essential piece of Mollo Law’s advice is to discuss the allegedly stolen merchandise and where it was found.
The looted property could be used as evidence if found on the accused’s body or in his vehicle.
Lawyers should demand proof of “every retail charge” while conducting their own independent investigation into the incident.
The right shoplifting lawyer can make all the difference when it comes to your theft charges.
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This will allow defense attorneys to question the integrity of Walmart’s claim and ensure police followed all the rules throughout their investigation.
Penalties in New Jersey for shoplifting are particularly severe.
Those charged in the second degree could face a fine of up to $150,000 and up to ten years behind bars.
Defendants convicted of the lesser charge of disorderly person shoplifting can serve up to 6 months in jail and be fined up to $1,000.
Anyone convicted of three or more shoplifting offenses must serve 90 days in jail.
Law firm Mollo said: “Fighting shoplifting cases at Walmart can be difficult.
“The right shoplifting lawyer can make all the difference when it comes to your theft charges.
“Many people charged with shoplifting in New Jersey are good, productive citizens who made an unfortunate mistake.
“These people deserve a second chance. Also, not everyone accused of shoplifting is guilty.
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“As a result, it is imperative that you have an experienced Walmart New Jersey shoplifting attorney who has handled Walmart theft charges.”
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