This work looks at the criminal act of shoplifting. A man stole some wine from a shop and was caught by security when he tried to leave. The cameras showed that he took a bottle of French wine and hid it in his bag. When stopped, he denied taking it from the shop and claimed he bought it earlier at another place; the security called the police.
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The crime committed is that of shoplifting; the man was taken to the police station by a police officer. The cause element for the arrest is a bottle of French wine taken from the shop. Shoplifting is attributed to theft crime and the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that an offender meant to deprive the shop of property (Burke et al.). In this particular case, it would not be difficult as cameras recorded that the man took the bottle. The charges for theft crime depend directly on the cost of goods taken. In this case, the cost is below 100$, so the crime would be classified as a misdemeanor, class C, with a maximum fine of 500$.
The role of the District Attorney, in this case, is to file criminal charges against a defendant. The action will be heard in criminal court, and the District Attorney must clearly state the intention of stealing since the defendant will be found guilty in this case. The first step will be collecting evidence and explaining the motive for the crime and intention. The necessary elements for the defendant to be found guilty are the intention of stealing and testimony to the fact that the act was actually committed.
Burke A. S., Carter D., Fedorek B., Morey T., Rutz-Burri L & Sanchez S. Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System.