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Got Caught Stealing From Publix
Criminal Law in Orlando and throughout Central Florida
Publix, a privately held company that operates grocery stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee, was founded by George W. Jenkins in 1930 in Winter Haven, Florida. It has grown into a Fortune 500 company with more than 1,000 stores and a variety of products ranging from basic food staples, bakery items, beer, wine, and fruit, with each store offering a fully stocked pharmacy. Publix operates many stores here in Central Florida and Orlando including stores on Orange Avenue, Colonial Drive, Orange Blossom Trail, Hoffner, Semoran, and Alafaya Trail. They also have locations in Windermere, Lake Mary, Kissimmee, College Park, downtown Orlando, Avalon Park, Winter Park, Baldwin Park, St. Cloud, Longwood, Clermont, Altamonte Springs, as well as in Seminole, Orange, Lake, Brevard and Osceola counties.
In these dire economic times, people who are desperate for grocery items are sometimes caught resorting to theft, which can be a traumatic event. While Publix is known for its great community service, Publix is very strict on shoplifting. If you are caught committing petit or any other theft there is a good chance you will be prosecuted. Unfortunately, some patrons at Publix who are shopping for food and other grocery items get distracted or careless and decide to take an item by covering it up with a shopping bag or by placing the item in a bag or concealing the item in some other way.
Publix has security watching for shoplifting and theft and will approach you if they have reasonable suspicion that you are taking products from their store. The Publix stores in the greater Orlando area are especially vigilant for parents, teenagers, college students, women, and men who may steal food, beer, wine, cosmetics or any other items from their stores.
Theft offenses from Publix can result in serious penalties for stealing and can include probation, community service hours, theft classes, fines, court costs, suspension of driver's license and in some cases jail. Theft charges from Publix can be a misdemeanor (petit theft) or a felony (grand theft) depending on the amount stolen. Regardless of the charge, you should contact an experienced attorney to guide you through this daunting time. First time offenders who are caught at Publix may be asked to do diversion programs where they can get their charges dropped and ultimately expunged. How your case is resolved could be dependent on hiring the right attorney at the right time.
If you or a loved one is caught shoplifting or committing theft from Publix anywhere in Orlando or in the greater Central Florida areas such as Brevard, Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Lake, or Osceola County, please contact the experienced criminal defense lawyers at the Umansky Law Firm. Call 407-228-3970 to set up an initial consultation.