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Old 09-26-2010, 12:50 AM
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Question Shoplifting in Ohio

Two friends of mine were recently caught shoplifting at walmart in ohio. They were stopped by security, escorted to the loss department, had their bags emptied. They were asked for address, social and phone. The items were not totaled (although they estimate close to $200), nothing was signed by either of them, and they were given no copies or paperwork except one sheet where it said to call a 1-800 number in about a week. The officer then proceeded to state that she was going to file with the courts. They were not arressted and they were allowed to walk out after this. Is this proper procedure, what should they expect next?
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Old 09-26-2010, 08:23 AM
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Yes, shoplifters are not always arrested on the spot but are given a court date to appear for the charges and enter a plea. It is their best interest to contact an attorney. If they can't afford an attorney, they will be allowed to fill out a form requesting a PD at their first court date (arraignment). It usually takes a couple + court dates to get through the system. If its a first offense, there is the possibility of probation (w/some shelf time). Welcome to PTO!
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Old 09-30-2010, 10:24 AM
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Yep, that is correct and welcome to PTO.

My daughter was arrested but only because she had her 15 year daughter with her. She got probation for the shoplifting. My granddaughter didn't get anything but they also gave my daughter contributing to the del. of a minor.
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