Staunton, VA asked in Criminal Law for Virginia

Q: Can a shoplifting charge be heard if the receipts used in the case are not accurate when tallied up?

There are 6 misdemeanor charges against me with target suggesting I altered tags on 6 different occasions. Surveillance does not show me altering tags. The commonwealth attorney is going to try and convict me of these charges based on suspicious receipts and supposed suspicious behavior on camera! Is that enough to convict me if these charges when I’m innocent. I strongly feel this is a computer error on my behalf and that I was targeted by loss prevention every time I shopped in the target store! But don’t know how to prove my case! The attorney i fired said that the surveillance never showed me altering a tag. He gave me the receipts to every charge and the first and last receipts are correct. All the ones in between do not add up to what they should. Could this be a computer error or that I was targeted and set up?

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Susan Fremit
Susan Fremit
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Spotsylvania , VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Your attorney can review all the store video surveillance tapes and see what they show about your alleged behavior. Speak to your attorney about the cash register tapes.

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