In the State of Utah, a retail theft or shoplifting charge might seem minor. However, without effective legal representation, you could be subject to stiff fines as well as suffering a negative impact to your personal reputation.
First of all it’s worth noting that in the State of Utah you can be charged with retail theft without even leaving the store. Legally you can be charged with shoplifting by simply passing the point of sale with undisclosed or unpurchased goods.
This could also include concealing merchandise while you are in the store. Putting on an item of clothing beyond simply trying it on in the fitting room, or placing an item in your purse or backpack could be viewed by the courts as circumstantial evidence of the intent to commit retail theft.
If the shop keeper chooses to detain you or the police are called in, you would be wise to not answer any questions without legal representation present. In a situation like this Dennis Pawelek and the associates at Pawelek Law can help advise you of your legal rights and represent you in any following legal procedures.
If you have been charged with petty theft, or armed robbery in the Wasatch Front region, you should call 801-722-8918 to set up a consultation with Dennis Pawelek and the associates at Pawelek Law.