A large part of our criminal defense practice centers around defending clients in the Edison Municipal Court. Shoplifting charges are very common in Edison because of the mall, but especially defendants arrested for shoplifting at the Sephora at Menlo Park. This is normally attributable to the fact that the makeup products are small and easy to conceal. These products such as Mac are also expensive, which is also a contributing factor to why they are always a high shoplifting target. However, this also means that a few small products such a lipstick can quickly add up to several hundred dollars which often makes these charges upgraded to indictable felonies.
In recent years, Sephora has cracked way down on attempted thefts and shopliftings from the Menlo Park Mall which is most likely in direct reaction to high losses they have experienced from people taking merchandise without paying. As the loss prevention officers (security guards) have cracked down, the amount of shoplifting charges in Edison have gone way up as well. If you or your loved one has been charged with shoplifting at Sephora then it is important to contact our office to speak with an experienced Edison shoplifting attorney who can go over your options and best possible defenses. Depending on the facts of the case, shoplifting charges can often be downgraded or dismissed altogether based on proof issues or admission into a diversion program.