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Shoplifting Cases in Nassau County

Nassau County has earned a reputation for taking shoplifting (petit larceny) cases particularly seriously.  Many people, unfamiliar with the Nassau County criminal justice system, mistakenly assume that a person arrested for the first time will be able to make his case go away simply and quietly regardless of the circumstances.    This is not the case, however.

In Nassau County, the value of the property that is alleged to have been taken is a major factor in being able to predict the likely attitude of the Court and the District Attorney's Office.  The greater the value of the property, the greater the likelihood that the District Attorney's Office and the Court will be seeking stiff fines and possibly even jail time.

In many cases, those who wish to become involved in negotiations over shoplifting cases are required to complete an anti-shoplifting class up front and bring proof of completion with them to court.

Furthermore, merchants in Nassau County frequently make efforts to take advantage of an obscure statute that permits them to sue those accused of shoplifting civilly and recover money damages.

If you or someone you care about has been accused of shoplifting in Nassau County, you need to be aware that it is going to be taken extremely seriously.  You need a criminal defense lawyer to help navigate you through the process, even (especially) if it is a first arrest in order to obtain the best possible result.

Don A. Murray, Esq.

 

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