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Q: Is there any punishment if any?

I was at Walmart I went to checkout I usually check out with the scanner just bacuase it’s faster. So I scanned all my food and heard beeps for everything bout unfortunately some items didn’t register. It was under 35$ 6 items when I spent a total of 85$. I even scanned my pineapples 4times... Read more »

Clyde Guilamo
Clyde Guilamo
answered on Jul 19, 2022

If this incident happened in Indiana, you should post this as a question for lawyers in Indiana. Crimes are charged in the county where the crime occurred, not in the county where you live. But to answer you underlying question, yes you can be charged for underringing items at a self checkout.... Read more »

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Q: Can police charge someone just for their fingerprints being found on a small of drugs if that's all they have?
Clyde Guilamo
Clyde Guilamo
answered on Jul 19, 2022

Yes. Charging someone with an offense is different from being found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. What's important here is that fingerprints show that a some point, a person has touched an object. Fingerprints cannot tell you when a person touched an object. Generally, a good defense... Read more »

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Q: If the statute is facially unconstitutional by Supreme Court ruling , why would a person be indicted by the grand jury?
Clyde Guilamo
Clyde Guilamo
answered on Mar 2, 2022

A grand jury may not know of the Supreme Court's ruling. The grand jury is informed that a person has been charged with a specific crime. A witness then enters the room and essentially explains to the grand jury why that person was charged. The jury them decides if there is probable cause to... Read more »

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