What to do if was wrongfully accused of being a shoplifter’s accomplice?

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What to do if was wrongfully accused of being a shoplifter’s accomplice?

I was at a store with my 18 year old daughter. As we left, a lady came from behind us and grabbed our arms very roughly. I turned toward her and asked her what she was doing. She said we needed to go back into the store with her. I had no idea my daughter had stole from the store somehow while I was with her. I am on medications that keep me from being loosing my mind so I’m not able to be as quick as to what is going on around me as I would be otherwise. My daughter did have winter gloves in her purse and the tags were stillso she did steal them. I was automatically somehow accused of being an accomplice. I have no record of stealing and had nothing on my person from their store. I am no longer being allowed in any of their stores..

Asked on November 23, 2012 under Criminal Law, Washington

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MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You need to separate yourself from the acts of your daughter. You need to immediately hire an attorney for discrminatory conduct by the store and have your attorney subpoena for the video records to show that you did not have anything to do with this. This should be sufficient and your lawyer should seek and demand that the store apologize to you.

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you have only been accused of being an accomplice to the shoplifting incident that you have written about and nothing more (no criminal charges) then under the laws of all states in this country you have no legal recourse over what transpired with the shop keeper.


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