What Happens After Someone Is Arrested For Shoplifting?
The most common shoplifting charge is generally when stealing from a store. Typically, an individual caught in the act of stealing will encounter some sort of interaction with a loss prevention officer. The loss prevention officer can reasonably detain you, and make you return to the store. Law enforcement will come the store and they will attempt to interview the individual. If the stolen property is below the value of $1,000, or a low level offense, the officer does not have to arrest the person. If you do not have a previous criminal record, are a resident in Kansas, and the stolen property is less than $1000, then most often only issue a ticket.
The ticket will require that you appear in court on a specific date. If you are issued a ticket for a theft charge, or charged with a serious theft, most people will hire an attorney. After you hire an attorney your attorney will enter an appearance for you. An attorney may be able to keep you from having to go to court. Your attorney will represent you in court, and look out for your best interest and work toward the best possible outcome for you.
A lawyer will request your police reports, videos, and anything that the city or state has as evidence against you for the charges being brought in your case. Your lawyer will have a chance to look over all the information, as well as educate you on the process involved in the case. The attorney will help guide you, and ensure the best possible outcome for their client’s case. An attorney may look at different options. The attorney can set the case for trial, or set the case for a plea, or attempt to work out some sort of diversion. Ultimately, the outcome of your case will be determined by you and your attorney.
What Does The Prosecution Have To Prove In A Theft Case?
If an individual is charged with theft, that does not mean they have been convicted of theft. Beyond a reasonable doubt is the burden of proof that the prosecution must prove. If it is a municipal offense, the municipal codes lay out what must be proven, and every element of that offense must be met beyond a reasonable doubt in order to obtain a conviction. Most municipal codes are going to have to prove that the person either concealed the item with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of that item.
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