I’m a lawyer – this is what happens if you get caught shoplifting from Walmart and when you should get an attorney English Headline

A LAWYER has revealed the terrifying legal issues you could run into if you’re caught shoplifting at Walmart.

While the punishments vary, the store has eyes in places shoppers wouldn’t guess.

Loss prevention officers at Walmart are allowed to detain a suspected thief until the police reach the scene.


Loss prevention officers at Walmart are allowed to detain a suspected thief until the police reach the scene.

If a person is caught stealing merchandise from Walmart, “a loss prevention officer may reasonably detain you at the store until the police arrive,” according to emergency law firm Attorney 911.

The store has loss prevention teams at each store that specialize in catching thieves, the site said.

These extra eyes are reportedly both on the floor and in the back watching cameras.

Regularly, the officers are on the hunt for people who scan some items in self-checkout or at the register, but intentionally leave some in the basket.

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Some customers have even been bold enough to walk by the register and not pay for anything, the site claims.

This is another instance where loss prevention would intervene.

Walmart prosecutes shoplifters, the site warned.

Still, the site says a lawyer can make all the difference,

“A theft conviction can not only result in jail time, but it can also severely limit your employment options and impact your future opportunities,” the site said.

“An experienced shoplifting lawyer can help you understand the charges against you and how you can fight them.”

“An attorney can also provide invaluable advice on your eligibility for the deferred adjudication or pretrial diversion programs in your county,” the legal site continued.

They also urged getting a lawyer right away, as these legal programs follow strict deadlines.

Attorney 911 operates under Texas-based law, which means theft can be anything from a Class C misdemeanor to a 1st-degree felony.

The severity of sentencing depends on the value of goods stolen and what the defendants prior record holds.

For cost of goods under $100 and a clean criminal record, a class C misdemeanor is the heaviest charge available.

A Class C has a maximum punishment of a $500 fine, according to the legal site.

More than $100 worth of stolen merchandise or a prior theft conviction can mean a Class B or A misdemeanor with possible jail time.

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It is quite likely that Walmart will not drop charges in the case of a suspected shoplifter, the site said.

“Some Walmarts are notorious for over-zealously pursuing even minor shoplifting charges.”

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