Georgia residents are taught from a young age that removing merchandise from a store without paying for it is against the law and can lead to serious legal trouble. Shoplifting is one of the most common crimes in the United States. Unfortunately, sometimes, police make accusations before enough evidence has been gathered to prove a crime has occurred, and innocent people can wind up facing serious allegations.
Recently, police were investigating reports of missing goods from Georgia stores. They came across a couple sitting in their personal vehicle, which happened to have new items inside. The vehicle was parked outside a shopping center, so it would not be unusual to find shoppers with newly purchased items in their vehicles, maybe just taking a break or planning their next stop.
Because the police were already hunting for shoplifters, they suspected the couple had stolen the goods. They claimed the pair was “hiding” in their car, and the goods inside could have possibly been stolen. They have not yet been able to provide evidence to support this theory.
When a person is accused of shoplifting, he or she may fear not having a fair shake in court. It can be intimidating to face police officers, and it can be hard to provide proof that you paid for the items in question. In many cases, an experienced attorney can help a person accused maintain his or her innocence in a court of law, and help ensure that a client is not convicted of any crime unless and until the prosecution is able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he or she actually broke the law.