In Georgia and elsewhere, the older a child gets, the more a decision-making process shifts from the parent to the offspring. When a child reaches the age of 18, he or she is considered an adult in the eyes of the law. Though certainly, a person at this age can do his or her best to make good choices, it is not uncommon for some teens and young adults to find trouble in the form of petty crimes, such as shoplifting.
Georgia residents may be among the millions of Americans who enjoy reading the daily news. Whether it's a newspaper or online, reading the local news can be a good way to keep up with what's going on in the community. Many local news sources include a police log, which usually gives a brief description of crimes that have allegedly occurred in the area. Unfortunately, these snippets do not give the full story, and many times, people who are not actually guilty of a crime must suffer the embarrassment of being accused in a police log, which can remain online or in print for many years, with no follow-up to attest to his or her innocence. A recent police log gives a bare bones description of a supposed shoplifting crime, but the accusation may very well be a misunderstanding.
Georgia shoppers may be among the millions of Americans who regularly visit a local mall. A day at a shopping mall can be a nice way to spend an afternoon, and people enjoy hunting a bargain, seeing the latest trends, and maybe grabbing lunch at the food court. For shoppers who make purchases at multiple stores, keeping all the bags organized can be tricky, but shoppers beware, a slip-up can lead to accusations of shoplifting.
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.