Torrance, Client Age 67, Shoplifting at Macy's, Dismissed

Our client was having some landscaping done at her house, but she needed to go to Macy’s as well.
In 50 Words or Less:  Torrance, 67 Year-Old Client Arrested While Walking Out of Macy’s Without Paying For Two Purses, Case Dismissed on Motion for Civil Compromise.
While she was shopping for purses, her cell phone rang and she answered it.  It was the landscaping personnel, advising her that they were ahead of schedule and wanted to leave for the day.  They asked that she come to the house to pay them before they left.
Our client was so distracted by this phone call and the sense of urgency she felt to return home that she forgot about the two purses on her shoulder and simply walked out of the store without paying for them.

Loss prevention personnel from Macy’s stopped our client within feet of the exit.  Our client was so embarrassed and confused.  She tried to explain that she did not realize what she was doing, as she was talking on the phone with her contractors and distracted.

Macy’s did not care and took our sixty-seven year old client downstairs to their back office.  They then held here there for five hours, even refusing to allow our client the opportunity to use the restroom.

Finally, they released her as the store was closing, well after dark.

The client then contacted Greg Hill & Associates.  The client had no prior record at all.  Greg met with the client, listened to her story and read a “Demand for Payment of Loss Prevention Fees” letter that our client received from an attorney representing Macy’s.

Greg looked at the letter and instructed our client how to pay the civil demand.  Greg then mailed the check with a cover letter, advising Macy’s attorney that if they did not want to accept the check, which stated “Payment Made Pursuant to Penal Code §§ 1377 and 1378,” to mail the check back.  Macy’s never did.  They cashed the check as Greg anticipated.  The client then gave a copy of the cancelled check, both front and back.

Greg then filed a motion for civil compromise, showing the cancelled check as well as the cover letter to Macy’s. 

The Torrance judge hearing the case granted the motion and dismissed the case.

Our client was quite satisfied with this, as she avoided a plea to a misdemeanor.  Had the client accepted the plea bargain last proposed, she would have had to pay a $300 fine (total payment to the court would have been approximately $1,400), plus perform ten days of community service and be placed on three years of summary probation.  The client avoided all of this with the motion for civil compromise being granted.

For more information about the issues in this theft offense case summary, click on the following articles:
  1. What is a Motion for Civil Compromise?
  2. What is Shoplifting and Its Defenses?
  3. What Can I Do About My Criminal Record on the Internet When The Court Dismissed My Case?
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