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Black Friday shopper faces felony shoplifting charges

Black Friday shopping can be a crazy and even chaotic experience filled with crowds full of excitement in anticipation of great deals. During Black Friday and the holiday shopping season, there is an increase in security enforcement and shoplifting arrests.

A North Carolina shopper learned about the increased enforcement the hard way and now faces felony shoplifting charges. A female shopper was arrested last week during Black Friday for allegedly trying to remove merchandizing tags from a Kohl's department store.

She was charged with felony shoplifting and multiple felony counts of larceny after officials say she attempted to shoplift multiple items of clothing from the department store. The woman was taken to Pitt County Detention Center under a $50,000 bond.

Felony shoplifting charges are very serious in North Carolina. Individuals charged with shoplifting should work with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to understand their rights and help defend their reputation.

Most people with shoplifting charges are accused of only taking small or insignificant items. Defense attorneys can help defend or negotiate with a prosecutor, focusing on several factors that may impact the outcome of a shoplifting case.

These factors include an individual's overall criminal record, prior theft convictions, cooperation with law enforcement, willingness to return or pay for goods and what the individual's intentions were. Some people may end up being accused of shoplifting despite actually leaving the store with the goods. All these factors can impact a shoplifting case so it is best to work with an attorney to help protect and defend your reputation and rights.

Source: WBTW, "NC woman hit with felony shoplifting charges on Thanksgiving eve," Nov. 23, 2012

Our law firm represents individuals facing shoplifting charges and other criminal charges. To learn more about our law firm, please visit our Wilmington Criminal Defense page.

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