Department Store Loss Prevention Officers witnessed the Defendant remove a new set of earrings from the packaging. The Defendant then took her old earrings and placed them into the new packaging. The Defendant placed the new set of earrings into her purse and left the store. Loss Prevention Officers stopped the Defendant and contacted Police. Police arrested and charged the Defendant with Petit Theft.
RESULT: The defense proved to the State that the Client had no intention of stealing the earrings. The Client only wanted to exchange the exact item for her broken pair after the store refused to take the earrings back. In an effort to keep the Client out of the Court system, the Defense arranged for the Client to enter into a Deferred Prosecution Program. The State DROPPED all charges against the Client. The Client is now eligible to have her records expunged.