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Dave Kennett
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Dear JACUSTOMER - If you are charged with shoplifting at a department store it will be a theft offense and could be either a felony or misdemeanor depending on the amount or type of product stolen. In either case you need to get an attorney and plead not guilty. If you cannot afford an attorney the court will appoint counsel but you definitely need to be represented. You also should not discuss the case with anyone but an attorney. It is very important not to talk about the case since anything you say will be used against you and nothing you say will help you. In addition to the criminal charges you can also be liable for civil damages to the retailer pursuant to state laws designed to assist retailers in covering the cost of security. Until you make the first court appearance there's nothing you can do unless you can afford your own attorney.
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