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What is probable cause in a shoplifting case? part 1

We are attorneys based in Bergen County, NJ representing clients in divorce, criminal, and employment cases. Shoplifting is one of the most common crimes people are charged with.Before someone can be detained, and shoplifting charges can be brought against them, a merchant has to show there is probable cause to detain or charge the individual. There are steps that a merchant’s personnel need to follow to show probable cause. If they do not follow these steps, they maybe subject to a false arrest tort claim. We will describe these steps in detail in our next blog post. If you believe you were wrongfully detained or charged for shoplifting, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible.

At our firm Aretsky & Aretsky, we have more than fifteen years of experience defending people charged with shoplifting and other crimes in New Jersey municipal courts. Contact us to learn more about how we can minimize the damage to your reputation and your record.

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