Can a store drop charges if an LP breaks the rules to catch someone shoplifting?

I shoplifted merchandise but was in the fitting room when I concealed the items. An LP approached me outside and asked me to come with him. I went with him to the stores office where I confessed and gave up the items now I have to go to court and I’m scared because I had 2 of my kids with me. This is my first offense. Upon researching I found out the LP has rules and procedures to follow, so technically according to their rules he wasn’t allowed to approach me since he didn’t see me physically conceal the items. So can the store drop the charges since I confessed and wa completely cooperative?

Asked on July 13, 2012 under Criminal Law, Kentucky

Answers:

Cameron Norris, Esq. / Law Office of Gary W. Norris

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The stores internal policies have no impact on whether or not you can be found guilty of the crime in court.  The fact that the "LP" broke internal rules and procedures doesn't really have any impact on your case.  You may want to contact the corporate office of the store and ask that they drop the charges since you were so cooperative.  That said, you should contact a local criminal defense attorney and get their help in fighting these charges if they don't drop the charges. 


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