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Is it possible to be accused of shoplifting before I could get all my items on the counter?

I was in a little boutique style store, shopping around and gathering items to take to the counter. I don't know if it was just an odd day, or my race or what, but all eyes were closely watching me for some reason. I was heading up to the counter to purchase my items and had started putting my items on the counter when the manager walked up to me and put his hand on my items. He told me I was not allowed to buy the items because they don't allow a thief in their stores. I was severely confused and asked what the man was talking about, taking a bit of offense at the same time. The manager exclaimed that I was attempting to not pay for all my items. I told him I had not even got all my items on the counter yet and this was absurd. The door was locked, the police called, I was stuck in the store waiting. The police arrived and it became a he said, she said match. I was not arrested, but given a ticket for shoplifting and asked to appear in court. I was then stripped of my items and removed from the store. I feel wronged and want to know if this was legal since I had done nothing wrong.


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    Lawrence Lewis, PC | Lawrence Lewis
    242 Culver Street, Suite103
    Lawrenceville, GA 30045
    (678) 407-9300
    If what was legal?
    Answer Applies to: Georgia - Replied: 6/20/2013
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    Yes this is wrong. Get a lawyer and fight the charge and then after you win sue the store.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 6/20/2013
    Brendan M. Kelly | Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    1700 Farnam Street, Suite 2820
    Omaha, NE 68102
    (402) 455-1711
    It does sound like a different type of arrest. Not much you can do, but fight the charge.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska - Replied: 6/18/2013
    William L. Welch, III | William L. Welch, III Attorney
    111 South Calvert Street
    Baltimore, MD 21045
    (410) 385-5630
    Anyone might be accused of a crime, regardless of whether he or she has in fact broken the law. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you evaluate the prosecution's case, any defenses that you might have, and any plea offer that might be made, so that you can decide whether to go to trial.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland - Replied: 6/17/2013
    Jared C. Winter | Law Office of Jared C. Winter
    385 Grand Avenue
    Oakland, CA 94610
    (510) 903-8090
    What a bogus case. Fight it until they dismiss it. You should hire a criminal defense lawyer in your area ASAP.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 6/17/2013
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