Hi, Jim Crawford here for your Hip Quick Legal Tip. Today I want to talk to you very quickly and briefly about shoplifting. You know shoplifting cases are very interesting from many different standpoints. First of all, it’s a crime, it’s a theft, its a misdemeanor. But the problem is that it could affect your life in dramatic ways. In other words, you may have a theft on your record. And let’s face it, even in today’s society, with any kind of record at all it shows up on the Maryland Judiciary and it could affect you big time. So you want to avoid any type of conviction if at all possible.
You know, I mentioned that these cases are very interesting because a lot of times these scenarios involve drug use, repetitive shoplifting, or some other issue that people are having. Several years ago, through a local counseling group, I set up a class program specifically addressing shoplifting. It usually has a dramatic effect on the judges thinking and the prosecutor’s thinking, so many times I will have people actually take and attend this class. It’s a very short class and it has something that really has good results and something that could affect a great outcome in your scenario. So if you’re charged with something along these lines, many times it’s not the end of the world, but sometimes it can be very devastating. Part of the reasoning is it depends upon which location and what jurisdiction this occurs in. For example, a Baltimore County case, a Baltimore City case, an Anne Arundel County case, a Harford County case, or even a Montgomery County case; all these judges and these jurisdictions think a little bit differently about these misdemeanor cases. It is important that you understand you need to hire an attorney who has a great depth of understanding of what could happen here. So give us a call, we’ll be happy to talk to you about it.