Prior arrests and/or convictions can play a part in how your cases treated by both the prosecution in the court especially in Broward County Florida. Please indicate any prior arrests for offenses other than theft that have occurred anywhere in the world.
The fair market value of items taken or alleged to have been taken in your shoplifting arrest can play a significant role in the severity or level of crime charged by the Broward County state attorney's office. Do you know how much the store is claiming that the value of items taken was?
In many instances a person suspected of shoplifting is detained by a store employee or owner. Florida statutes allow for shopkeeper to detain individuals suspected of theft in order to preserve property and allow for police officers to arrive. Unfortunately in many circumstances, a shopkeeper exceeds the boundaries when detaining a suspect which are allowed under Florida law.
Were you detained by shopkeeper who suspected you of shoplifting?
Almost all retail establishments in Broward County, Florida are monitored by video surveillance equipment both inside and outside of the store. While these video recordings are often useful in seeking a conviction by the Broward County state attorney's office they may often effectively be used in the defense of an accused individual. Furthermore, failure to produce video evidence may be seen by the court as a destruction of exonerating evidence.
Do you know of any video surveillance that exists?
Were you with friends or acquaintances at the time that you were alleged to have shoplifted from a local store?
Were the people with you also accused of shoplifting?
Were individuals with you considering in totaling the full amount of items alleged to have been taken or attempted to have been taken from a local retail store?
Please list all items and alleged dollar value of each below. Also indicate who is alleged to have taken or to have attempted to have taken each individual item and corresponding dollar amount.