Tis the season to be merry! Don’t ruin it by shoplifting!

December. Christmas time. Shopping. Tis the season to be merry, shop for friends and family at the mall, outlets or department stores. With the large crowds and the hectic pace of the urban shopper, some individuals may see an opportunity to shoplift and item or two for themselves or a loved one.

Don’t even think about it. Stores are aware of the increased foot traffic and have hired more loss prevention officers and security to man the doors, watch videos and sniff out potential thieves. Unfortunately with ramped up security and crazy shopping sprees, innocent people can be arrested for shoplifting or theft and the consequences can be life altering.

Penalties for a theft can range from dropped charges for a first offender to a conviction, jail time or license suspension for a repeat offender. In fact, if you get caught three times you could be facing a felony grand theft charge even if you are accused of stealing a piece of cheap costume jewelry.

It is crazy but people can make mistakes and forget to pay for an item perhaps due to medication or short term memory loss among other reasons. If you are arrested for theft and shoplifting, you will certainly need help so that you avoid the harsher penalties associated with theft.

Tourists from England, Brazil and around the world also come to Orlando in December for vacation and can get arrested for theft. Make sure you contact your consulate or find a good local lawyer online to advise you how to proceed. Too often, people leave the country after arrest, go back home and then get picked up at a United States airport over ten years later! Whatever the case may be, don’t get tempted. If you get arrested for theft on.