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.