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Shoplifting: Serious consequences for a petty crime

These days, stories about police officers shooting suspects are a hot topic. Many Georgia residents might have already learned that police officers have been involved in almost 50 shootings so far this year. While in most cases the officers maintain that they are just doing their job and trying to stop dangerous individuals from harming the public or committing further crimes, there may be occasions where an overzealous response leaves an individual’s life in limbo without a solid reason. A recent case involving shoplifting may be an example of such behavior. 

News outlets report that a 46-year-old man was accused of shoplifting at a local hardware store. Police responded to the scene. According to the reports, the man got in his vehicle and attempted to leave the scene of the suspected crime. Officers claim they told the man to stop, but he did not. 

Suddenly, a police officer shot the man. The suspected shoplifter is now in critical condition in a Georgia hospital. There is no word yet as to what kind of proof, if any, police were able to gather to substantiate that the man actually stole anything, and no mention was made of what he was accused of stealing from the store. It remains unclear why police felt that such a response was necessary. What is clear, however, is that being accused of even a petty crime can land a person in hot water legally, or in this case, in a life-or-death battle in a hospital bed. 

If a Georgia resident finds him or herself facing similar shoplifting charges, he or she might feel frightened and stressed. Before a person accused of a crime faces the court, it might be a good idea to get some professional advice. An experienced attorney can help ensure that the burden of proof is placed squarely upon the prosecution, as the law prescribes, and make sure a client’s rights are protected through each step of the legal process.