What is needed to prove intent to shoplift?

I was stopped a few weeks ago by security at a store. Yes I concealed an item and walked through the point of purchase but I only was looking for a bathroom because they had no signs pointing to the restrooms. I know anyone can conceal an item as long as they pay for it so can I still be charged even though I was only trying to go to the bathroom? I had full intent to pay for the item which I ended up doing after I was talked to by the lP officer and cops.

Asked on September 3, 2012 under Criminal Law, Michigan

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

As a general rule the totality of the circumstances with each given situation under the laws of all states sets forth "intent" to shoplift. As a general rule the mere concealment of an item within the premises of the merchant does not in and of itself establish "intent" to shoplift. I suggest that you consult with a criminal defense attorney further about your matter and ways to try and resolve it to your satisfaction.


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