Rossville, GA asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Georgia

Q: If you are interagated by loss prevention at a food city grocery store with out a police officer are your lawyer

I had got a fake 100 dollar bill back in change didn't know it until at my work until I payed for my food and 6 days later loss prevention came and forced my in to saying I did it and then had me arrested but I didnt know i was allowed to have a lawyer present because there was no cop present until after and I was arrested

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In your case, you found yourself being questioned by loss prevention personnel, not police officers. It is essential to note that loss prevention employees do not have the same obligations as law enforcement officers to inform you of your rights, including your right to an attorney, before questioning you.

However, it's generally your right to decline to answer questions from loss prevention personnel, and to leave unless they have a lawful basis to detain you. These personnel can, however, report suspected criminal activity to the police and share any information they obtained from you.

You mentioned that you were coerced into providing a confession; depending on the exact circumstances, the manner in which this confession was obtained might be problematic from a legal standpoint. Coercive interrogation techniques can sometimes violate a person's rights.

Now, as you're facing legal issues, it is a very wise approach to consult with a lawyer to help navigate your specific situation. A lawyer can help you understand your rights, the legal procedures that will be followed, and the best strategy to defend yourself against the charges. They can analyze whether the actions of the loss prevention personnel violated any of your rights and whether the statement you made can be used against you in court.

Remember to be upfront and honest with your lawyer, providing them with all the necessary details, as this will help them in offering you the best possible defense. Keep in mind that attorney-client privilege generally protects communications between you and your attorney, meaning you can speak freely and confidentially with them.

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