Wal Mart and Shoplifting

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Wal Mart and Shoplifting

My son was in Wal Mart with two friends girls that were shoplifting. He did
not take anything as a matter of fact, he paid for his items but he was
standing with the girls when they took some make up. The police were called
and he was given a ticket.

My question is why was he given a ticket if he did not take anything??

Asked on June 20, 2016 under Criminal Law, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Read the ticket to see exactly what he was ticketed for--it should say. But at a guess, the police thought he was assisting the girls in some way--maybe acting as a lookout; maybe distracting store personnel so they could steal; maybe holding stolen goods for them--and ticketeted him as an accomplice to the shoptlifting, which is fundamentally the same as being ticketed for shoplifting. (To be an accomplice is to be guilty of the crime, legally speaking.)

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