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Category: Shoplifting / Retail Theft

Who Shoplifts? How Does This Help My Defense Strategy?

Do you remember being a teenager, shopping in a department store with your friends and being followed around by employees? Maybe you were accused of stealing or asked to leave.

 

This interaction is not uncommon, and has negative consequences for both customers and the store. Customers who are stereotyped as shoplifters are often discouraged from shopping at the store again – it’s not fun to be labeled as a criminal because of your age or appearance.

 

Moreover, the [...]

9 Common Shoplifting Techniques Authorities Watch For

From neighborhood convenience stores to chain supermarkets to high-end retailers downtown, Chicago businesses of all kinds are being hit hard by shoplifting.

 

Retail theft crimes can affect these businesses in a big way, hurting profits, shrinking product inventory, and increasing production costs.

 

In response to rising rates of shoplifting in our city, retailers and law enforcement officials alike are taking serious measures to combat retail theft crimes. Law officers, loss prevention personnel, and store employees alike are trained [...]

How to Defend Someone Who Has Admitted Guilt

Picture this: It’s a chilly winter’s evening in Chicago, and Michigan Ave. is aglow with Christmas lights and bright storefront windows. Snowflakes melt on the ruddy cheeks of shoppers as they bustle down the street with their arms full of bags, laughing as they make their way to the CTA station.

 

Everything’s peaceful and serene until suddenly—a siren goes off, and someone darts out of a high-end store holding an expensive necklace. Unfortunately for this person—let’s call him “Frank”—there’s [...]

Steps Stores Are Taking to Prevent Retail Theft

If you’ve gone shopping recently, you may have noticed security cameras strategically placed around the store, merchandise with electronic article surveillance tags, or signs that said something like “We press charges for shoplifting.” Retail theft is a larger scale crime than most shoppers think, and many retailers have started taking extra precautions to minimize the loss of merchandise.

 

Nationwide, more than $13 billion worth of consumer goods are stolen every year. Each state is responsible for implementing its own [...]

What To Do If You Accidentally Shoplifted

You might scoff at the idea that someone could “accidentally shoplift” – until you mistakenly do it yourself. Maybe you had a lot on your mind while you were shopping and simply forgot to go through the checkout line. Or maybe you were shopping with your kids and failed to notice the youngest slipping a small item into your pocket or purse. Whatever the case, you may now find yourself facing retail theft charges over an honest mistake.

 

Although [...]

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Chicago Just Had Its Most Violent Day in 60 Years

Murder | Violent Crimes

Chicago sees its fair share of violence and crime, but over a weekend at the end of May, violence saw a new high.

According to the University of Chicago Crime Lab, May 31, 2020, was the most violent day Chicago has seen since it started collecting data in 1961. Eighteen people were killed in one day, and 25 were killed in total before the weekend was over.

Murder is a crime that carries with it severe penalties, but being charged [...]

Could Protests Lead to Real Criminal Justice Changes in Chicago?

Protesting

Protests that are moving across America are meant to highlight racism in the United States and how it plays out in numerous ways in our society each day. In doing this, these protests are also highlighting the myriad ways that the criminal justice system in this country must be reformed… and starting to make those reforms a reality.

Here are just a few of the criminal justice reforms that activists are working on to help ensure all Americans are free [...]

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