Waukesha, WI asked in Criminal Law for Wisconsin

Q: If someone has suffered major personal setbacks (loss of car, job,power at the house) and was diagnosed with depression

was prescribed Zoloft and then began exhibiting unusual self-destructive and risky behavior such as shoplifting, could the fact that this drug lists these behaviors as side effects be an adequate defense in a retail theft case?

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T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
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A: There are many side effects to Zoloft, and I am believe depression may be one of the side effects. However, shoplifting is a not a side effect Zoloft. It might help provide an explanation; however, it does not negate the shoplifting charge. You should find a local attorney in your area to help you fight this charge.

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