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Is there any way to fight a shoplifting charge if they have it on camera?

It was shoplifting at a department store and one of the security cameras shows a figure that strongly resembles me putting an item into a backpack without paying it and then leaving the store. Is there any possible way to fight the charge?


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    Vincent C. Machroli | Law Office of Vincent C. Machroli, P.C.
    High Point Plaza
    Hillside, IL 60162-1949
    (708) 449-7400
    The burden is on the prosecution to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. An experienced criminal law trial attorney almost always can find some way to fight a charge, or at least get the case resolved in a way that will make you happy.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 3/18/2013
    Timothy J. Thill | Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    261 E. Quincy ST
    Riverside, IL 60546
    (708) 443-1200
    Anything is possible, but from what you say, the video will hold a lot of weight in the trier of fact's mind, as well as the prosecutor. Of course, the store should also be required to present the individual who saw the incident, who MAY be effectively cross-examined by your attorney and create reasonable doubt that the image in the video was, in fact, you.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 3/15/2013
    STACI LYNN ANDERSON | Anderson Walsh PLLC
    Anderson Walsh PLLC
    COEUR D ALENE, ID 83814
    (208) 665-5658
    Without seeing the video and reading the police reports, I would have to say that you should immediately retain a competent criminal defense lawyer to review the evidence and see if you have any defenses. The circumstances you describe sound as though the state may have a very strong case against you. You will need a good criminal defense attorney to protect you not only through the guilt phase of the case, but also possibly through the sentencing phase. Sentencing is a very import stage of the process and you should never go before the judge without competent criminal counsel to tell the judge about your more positive qualities as well as make sure you put forth your best foot at the sentencing hearing.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho - Replied: 3/15/2013
    Melissa Smejkal | Law Office of Melissa Smejkal
    1328 W 18th Street
    Chicago, IL 60608
    (312) 968-2479
    Doesn't sound like it. Is it your first?
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 3/15/2013
    David Akulian | Not Guilty In DC
    10 G St. NE #710
    Washington, DC 20002
    (800) 408-0919
    That depends. Were you stopped by the security guard at the time? Do you have an innocent explanation? Have you done this before? There is always a defense in a case. The question is whether the defense is persuasive.
    Answer Applies to: District of Columbia - Replied: 3/15/2013
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