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Category: Shoplifting / Retail Theft

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 [...]

When Retail Theft Accusations Are Rooted in Racial Profiling

The majority of white shoppers probably don’t give too much thought to walking into a store and passing a security officer. However, many African-Americans and other people of color have a different experience. In some cases, black shoppers have even been accused of or charged with retail theft for items that they legally purchased.

 

Detroit Civil Rights Attorney Accused of Shoplifting

 

One of the most recent high-profile incidences of this alleged racial profiling in retail stores comes from [...]

What Teens Need to Know When Charged with Shoplifting

If you’re charged with shoplifting as a teenager, you may face worse consequences than just a slap on the wrist from the retailer and the wrath of your parents. In response to a rise in lost money from stolen merchandise, retailers in Illinois and across the country are taking an increasingly hard line with shoplifters of all ages, in some cases reducing the age to press charges from 18 to 16 and the “reasonable” period to wait for the parents [...]

Alternatives to Prison for a Retail Theft Conviction

“It’s a victimless crime.” “It’s not that big of a deal.” “The company that makes this already has plenty of money—they’re not suffering.” These are the kinds of excuses used to rationalize retail theft, also known as shoplifting, and make it sound less as a crime and more as a Robin Hood-esque act of liberation.

 

Retail theft may not seem like that big a deal when you’re slipping a bottle of mouthwash or a pair of designer jeans under [...]

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IL Domestic Violence: How It Impacts Child Custody

Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

Unfortunately, domestic violence is an issue that affects the lives of many families in America. Domestic violence is a serious issue that can have an impact on many aspects of a person’s life, including pending divorce and child custody.

The state of Illinois wants to protect children from domestic violence situations, especially if it’s occurring during a divorce. They prioritize a child’s safety, and, because of that, it’s vital to know how any domestic violence charges can shape the custody [...]

Are Drug Sniffing Dogs Legal in Illinois?

Drug Crimes

If you’ve ever encountered a drug sniffing dog in Illinois, you probably have wondered about the legalities of their use. After all, can a drug sniffing dog just identify you as someone of interest when you’re walking down the street? What about if you’re in the car? In your house?

There is a lot to understand about drug sniffing dogs and their legal uses in Illinois, especially if you’re facing drug charges as a result of one. Here’s what you [...]

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