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Help, I Got Charged With Shoplifting

If you have been charged with shoplifting during the holiday shopping season in Northern Kentucky, you should hire an attorney as soon as possible. Retailers are on the lookout for shoplifters and many people are being charged with theft, credit card fraud, identity theft and writing bad checks. Throughout Northern Kentucky in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties, the retailers are clamping down on theft related losses. There are many reasons to hire an attorney to defend you with respect to these charges. Often times the retailer will make the allegation prior to there being any crime committed. An attorney can help to avoid a conviction by directing through the diversion process, alternate dispute resolution, mediation or other avenues. Also, an attorney can take the case to trial, forcing the Commonwealth to prove your guilt. In these types of cases, it is often difficult to prove guilt even if the defendant is, in fact, guilty. If a person is acquitted or goes through diversion, the case may ultimately be dismissed and then allowed to be expunged from his or her record. Just like any other person charged with a crime, you have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney before you speak. Many retailers hold the person while waiting for the police. Often the embarrassment causes people to sign anything, pay any amount and confess to crimes that they may not have committed. Wal-Mart, in Florence, Ft. Wright and Alexandria are all on the lookout for shoplifters. Many other retailers also have heightened security for the holiday season. On any given day you may see representatives from Sears, JC Penny, Macy's, Krogers, WalMart, Sams Club, Meier, and many other stores. Generally, the larger the department store the more security they hire to prevent theft. If you have been charged in Northern Kentucky, it is important to know your rights. If you have questions or wish to schedule a consultation, call Michael W. Bouldin at 859-581-6453 or email at mwbouldin@fuse.net. Call 581-MIKE.

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