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.
Whether one was experiencing financial difficulties that individual to take drastic measures to make ends meet, or if someone was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time and suddenly now faces false accusations, facing any form of criminal charges is a serious matter. While many in Georgia may view shoplifting as a minor criminal act, a conviction for shoplifting charges has the potential to result in life-altering consequences. In many cases, shoplifting is not the only charge a person could potentially face, especially if property damage allegedly occurred.
Georgia police officers recently arrested a woman who was accused of attempting to steal items from a local Sam's Club in her area. After she was arrested the woman was charged with felony shoplifting. It is also believed by some that the defendant may have also stolen items from other local stores.
An alert issued by Georgia dispatchers recently resulted in a short car chase on Highway 33. Authorities caught sight of a vehicle that matched a description they had been given and gave chase. They say the car chase lasted for four miles before the vehicle was stopped and the driver arrested. The defendant is currently charged with a variety of traffic violations relating to the alleged chase, theft and a number of other charges, including felonies.
Many people know what it's like to fall on hard times. Responsibilities can pile up and become overwhelming if a person isn't prepared or is under an unusually high amount of stress. In some cases, this may lead to a series of bad decisions and bad habits which can be difficult to break. These decisions and habits can take many forms, like drug addiction or theft. One Georgia woman is facing both theft charges and drug-related crimes charges after she allegedly attempted to burglarize a house.
The laws of Georgia recognize varying degrees of theft. An individual may be accused of misdemeanor shoplifting, which ordinarily has less harsh penalties than the crime of robbery even though they each may share elements that prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt before a person can be convicted of either. Evidence of both types of theft will be necessary in a case of suspected shoplifting gone bad at a department store.
Documentary fans may know who Doris Payne is since she was the subject of a 2013 documentary about her life as a jewel thief. She allegedly stole several pieces of jewelry over the years. Even though she claims that she was able to steal more than she got caught, a simple case of shoplifting at a Walmart in the Atlanta area put her back in the spotlight.
If you are in college or otherwise just beginning your life here in Georgia, you do not need an arrest or conviction on your record that could jeopardize your future. A criminal record could prevent you from furthering your education, limit your employment opportunities or keep you from qualifying for a security clearance if you wish to work for a government agency. Even charges such as shoplifting or theft could derail your plans for the future.