It’s the holiday season once again and the stores and shopping malls are jam-packed full of busy shoppers trying to get their holiday purchases completed. It’s also the time of year that more and more retailers accuse customers of shoplifting merchandise. When people take items without paying, it is a problem. However, there are a number of individuals who are accused of shoplifting by store clerks and retail security, who are actually innocent. There are also a number of cases around the holidays in which a customer accidentally forgets to pay for an item.
The customer might have not been paying attention to what they were doing; were too busy thinking about all the things they had to do to get ready for the holidays. Maybe they absentmindedly placed an item in their purse or pocket, with no ill intent. These things happen. If you have been accused of shoplifting, you should contact an experienced Massachusetts shoplifting defense attorney to help you defend yourself against the charges. Continue reading →