Although there are certainly varying degrees of crimes, and those degrees usually correlate with how serious potential consequences may be, no charge should be taken lightly. Theft and property crimes range from small-value shoplifting cases to high-dollar fraud rings, but any person accused of theft should take time to consider legal and defense options. When facing shoplifting charges, you don't want to end up spending months or years in prison over a small item.
Two individuals were recently arrested for alleged roles in Rochester-area shoplifting activity. A 20-year-old man was arrested and charged with willful concealment. According to authorities, the alleged crime took place at a Rochester-area Walmart on Jan. 10. The police say they were able to link the man to the crime and obtain a warrant for his arrest. The man's arraignment was set for April, and his bond is $1,500.
Police made a second shoplifting-related arrest on Friday, March 28. According to police, they arrested a 43-year-old woman and charged her for willful concealment. Police allege the crime occurred at a Rochester-area Kmart. Police also said the woman had been arrested the previous day for a similar crime at an area Walmart. The woman now faces bail of $500 and a court date in April.
Committing another crime -- or being in an area or situation where it looks like you could be involved in criminal activity -- is a bad idea after being released on bond related to other charges. Repeated offenses in such a short time certainly impact defense in a negative way, and it may make it more difficult to reach a plea agreement. Understanding your options and working to develop a legal stance is a better way to spend time following an arrest.
Source: New Hampshire Union Leader, "Two charged with shoplifting in Rochester" No author given, Apr. 04, 2014