Manhattan Beach, Shoplifting $1,750 at Macy's, No Jail

Our client, a 59 year old registered nurse with no prior criminal history, was having a bad day.  She had recently gone through menopause and was still grieving the loss of her mother over ten years ago.  She was not married.
In a Nutshell:  Manhattan Beach Shoplifting of Over $1,750 from Macy’s, Case Resolved for Three Years Summary Probation, $150 Fine, Plus Penalties and Assessments, No Jail and Ten Days of Community Service.
She had purchased some expensive pants at the Macy’s in the Torrance Del Amo Mall, but was in the area of the Manhattan Beach Macy’s.  She decided to try to exchange them at the other store, taking in her receipt and the Macy’s bag, too.

She first asked a Macy’s employee if the store carried such pants, as she wanted to exchange them for another pair of pants.  The employee was apparently quite rude, which angered our client quite a bit.

In response, she walked around the inside of the Macy’s and loaded over 20 clothing items into a large orange bag she had.  She loaded twelve shirts, six pairs of pants, three pairs of socks, a jacket, a $218 skirt, an orange tote bag and a white Macy’s bag.  She then walked out of the store without paying for any of it, only to be stopped about twenty feet just outside the doors.

When stopped, the client explained that “it was just so easy.”  She was then taken back into the store and held until the Manhattan Beach Police Department arrived.

Our client was quite upset that she was not simply let go because it was her first time ever being arrested and insisted that an anxiety condition she had was the reason for her conduct.  She was indeed under treatment for anxiety. Instead of being released, however, she was cited for felony commercial burglary (Penal Code § 459) and felony grand theft (Penal Code § 487).

The client then called up Greg Hill & Associates in a state of extreme anxiety over losing her license as a registered nurse.  Greg then met with her and explained that diversion would probably not be allowed for her, due her age and the high dollar value of the theft.  However, he believed he could reduce the charges to a misdemeanor case and resolve it for a court fine of perhaps $250, plus penalties and assessments (total of about $1,120).

Greg recommended that the Client immediately enroll in and complete an online shoplifting prevention course, which she did.

Greg’s prediction as to how the case would resolve proved to be just about right.  The case was reduced to a misdemeanor and the fine was $150, plus penalties and assessments (total of about $730), better than anticipated, but the District Attorney insisted upon our Client performing ten days of community service.  The final terms of the plea bargain were appreciated by the Client because the original terms included 60 days of country jail and a $350 dollar fine, plus penalties and assessments.

The Client was happy with the final plea bargain, although it was not a dismissal as she initially believed would be offered due to clean record.

For more information about the issues in this theft offense case summary, click on the following articles:
  1. What Punishment Do I Face for Shoplifting?
  2. What is Shoplifting and Its Defenses?
  3. What is Summary Probation?
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