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.
Georgia shoppers may have visited a local store in recent weeks, likely noticing how crowded many retail establishments are this time of year. Some stores even report that the place was so busy, no carts were available for customers. During hours when stores are busy, it is not unusual for retail establishments to ramp up security measures to prevent theft. Unfortunately, for some shoppers, the hectic environment can lead to accusations of shoplifting.
The holiday season is fast approaching, and stores across Georgia are becoming crowded with the annual flood of bargain hunters and gift shoppers. Sales meant to attract large numbers of shoppers can result in crowds and long lines. This time of year, there is usually a spike in accusations of shoplifting.
Georgia parents would likely agree that teens can be as difficult to manage as children at younger ages. Though most teens are ready for some level of independence, and can often get through their daily routine without much supervision or assistance, teens often do not understand that their actions can have consequences that could follow them for decades. Sometimes, one bad decision, such as a theft crime, can land a young person in a legal situation he or she may not be equipped to deal with.
Georgia parents are probably aware that there is potential for trouble when their children are old enough to venture out with friends. Most parents can only hope that the lessons they have taught their teens will help them avoid getting themselves involved in illegal activity, but sometimes teens make mistakes. Recently, two children accused of shoplifting found themselves involved in an incident that ended in the shooting of a police officer.
Georgia shoppers may be familiar with the self-checkout lanes at large stores. Rather than wait in long lines, shoppers have an option to scan their own items and pay at a machine. Unfortunately, if a person is unable to properly complete the checkout process on the machine, they can find themselves accused of shoplifting.
Many Georgia residents choose to purchase or sell vehicles through means that are not associated in any way with official car dealerships. Some say selling or buying is a much simpler process when car dealers are not involved. Others, however, prefer the security of getting everything in writing and signed through a legitimate, licensed business. One thing is certain: if a person sells another person a car and receives payment for such, he or she should definitely make sure the buyer gains possession of the vehicle or else risk theft charges.
Most Georgia residents would probably agree that the Peach State is one of the gems of the nation. Buried deep in the south, Georgia boasts both natural beauty and glimmering urban cities, and a unique culture that has successfully meshed tradition with a fresh modern vibe. While many who call the state home likely consider it a fun and safe place to live, Georgia is not immune from the sorts of crime that plague the rest of the nation, including theft and shoplifting.
An individual's mannerisms and appearance often determine how he or she is perceived. Georgia residents are often judged based upon what they are wearing, the bag they are carrying, the car they are driving and numerous other visual cues. At times, these judgments can be to the individual's advantage; other times, they can have a detrimental impact and even lead to suspicions regarding shoplifting and/or other illegal activity.
Eyewitness accounts of a crime are not always as reliable as one would think. It can be easy for a person to believe he or she saw something occur in the middle of the night, but then not be quite as sure hours later. Regardless of the accuracy of these accounts, serious consequences can potentially arise for any accused person. This is the case for two 20-year-old Georgia men who are facing criminal charges surrounding allegations of multiple car entries and theft crimes.