Q: Can I be charged with shoplifting if I never left the store?
Yes. Concealing of merchandise while inside the store is sufficient to be charged with the offense. However, there may be a circumstance where "concealing" the merchandise was inadvertent or unknown to the accused. In that case, an accused may not have formed the requisite criminal intent to commit the crime.
You should be represented by an attorney if you have been charged with this offense. If you cannot afford an attorney, the court will appoint counsel for you.
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