DAVID OLSON BLOG


Category: Shoplifting/Retail Theft


OCT. 13 2017
How to Fight Back against Florida Shoplifting Charges
How to Fight Back against Florida Shoplifting Charges

Have you been charged with shoplifting in Florida?

 

Typically, people facing shoplifting charges fall into two categories. They either feel like the deck is stacked against them and there is no point in fighting back… or that it is not worth their time and effort because shoplifting is such a “minor” crime.

 

Don’t fall into these traps. There are a number of possible defenses that you may be able to use to battle your charges – even if it seems like a fairly open and shut case. And while shoplifting obviously isn’t as serious as something like murder, …

MAR. 30 2017
How Serious Are Florida Shoplifting Penalties?
How Serious Are Florida Shoplifting Penalties?

 

Most people have been tempted to shoplift at one time or another. Whether you really wanted an article of clothing or an item of food that you couldn’t afford, or you were being “dared” by friends when you were a teenager, retail theft is almost a rite of passage.

 

If you’re at a big chain like Walmart, you may even feel like you can justify the theft: what’s a few dollars missing from a billion-dollar retail giant? How serious could shoplifting a pair of shoes or a few groceries be?

 

When it comes to the economic impact …

JULY  13 2016
The Family That Steals Together, Gets Charged Together
The Family That Steals Together, Gets Charged Together

Some parents will send you to your room or take away your privileges if they catch you stealing. Other parents will drive the car as you make off with hundreds of dollars of stolen merchandise.

 

Patricia Kinchens, 35, took the latter route as she and her family attempted to steal items from a Walmart located near Leesburg. She was shopping with her two daughters, two sons, and her two sons’ girlfriends when the crew decided to walk out of the store without paying for their items. Their cart included a push lawnmower and a vehicle battery.

 

A …