Many people are not aware that even if a shoplifting charge is dropped or diverted, disclosure will be required on a Canadian immigration application. If a shoplifting case is not handled properly, the applicant can lose his credibility. Donich Law helps resolve shoplifting charges without a criminal conviction to protect their client’s future.
Early in the pandemic, Joo Park has noticed a concerning change in the market that he manages in downtown Washington. At least once a day, someone would be slipping a package of meat, a bag of rice or food item inside the shirt or jacket. Large amounts of diapers, shampoos and laundry detergent would disappear from the store shelves.
Shoplifting has more than doubled at the Capital Supermarket even if employees have been stationed at entrances. Shoppers were instructed to leave their backpacks up front while high-theft items like hand sanitizers and baking yeasts were displayed in more conspicuous places. Park seldom calls the police because people are hungry due to high unemployment rates and economic uncertainty.
People are stealing food to survive since the pandemic begun. What is being taken are usually staples like bread, pasta and baby formula. Shoplifting is a low-impact crime because people are stealing consumables and items for babies and children not TV’s or high value stuff. The crime is more pronounced in areas with high joblessness.
Jean from Maryland did not qualify for unemployment benefits and was denied food stamps. With no stimulus aid and all her savings gone, Jean begun to sneak food into her son’s stroller while shopping at the local Walmart. She would take stuff like ground beef, rice and potatoes but would pay for smaller items like M&M’s. She knew that shoplifting is wrong and she might get into trouble but she hopes that God will understand.
While Donich Law does not condone shoplifting, it understands that many people are falsely accused of committing the crime. In some instances, the store security has simply made an honest mistake. Clients seek the services of a criminal defence lawyer after being held for hours by store security or physically mistreated by undercover operatives.