While there they forced me to sign papers promising that if I cooperated they would not call police. I have high blood pressure and was feeling bad because of this I asked if police were coming yet? instead they laughed and proceeded to keep questioning me. The loss prevention employee insisted I sign papers I did not know what I was signing due to me being completely shocked and scared. At one point loss prevention started to write was supposed to be my info since I could not do so I did not have my glasses I was not able to see or fully write what they kept dictating to me. I was released by police. Now a few days later I was arrested and processed because of they papers I signed.
Well, did they actually catch you stealing anything? IF so, it's certainly not a false arrest. There could be other issues on the length of their "detention" but as private "actors" they are not subject to the same rules as the police. Retain counsel without further delay. You need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
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The best thing that you can do is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you. Private security does not have the same obligations that police do. If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, ask to have the public defender appointed to represent you when you go to court. This is a crime of moral turpitude, and can affect employment and other things in your life. And finally--STOP STEALING!!
I agree with the attorney's, before me....Retain an attorney....Theft charges are very serious, with very serious consequences. You should go over all the facts with an experienced attorney and get their expert advice. I wish you well..... David Wallin
Since it appears that the people holding you were from the store and not the local police the likelihood of any civil rights violations is very low. So low that it will be difficult to find an attorney to take the case on any civil rights violations. Now a civil suit against the company may also be difficult. But you may find more attorneys for a civil suit than for a civil rights violations. But you have larger issues and that is the theft. You could benefit from meeting with an attorney to discuss this further. Even if you decide not to hire the attorney the consultation with him or her could help you to understand the issues and your options. Many attorneys offer a free consultation. I wish you the best.
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Whelp, this is what loss prevention does. They can keep you until police arrive and lying is a common and very legal method of obtaining a confession. That said, if you are now looking at a petty theft case, you would be well served hiring counsel. Many of us offer free consults, call around. Good luck.
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