No, it's called asportation. You don't have to have exited the store to be able to be found guilty of shoplifting in Alabama.
As always, I recommend that you contact a local, experienced criminal defense lawyer to discuss your particular situation.
No you do not need to actually leave the store, get a criminal defense attorney to help you or ask the court to appoint a PD for you.
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I agree with the above answers, but my experience in defending shoplifting cases, the State is going to have a very difficult time proving intent unless you made an admission at the store. You might want to consider deleting this post as well, because it contains an admission, and there is no privilege here!
Talk to a lawyer in private. Don't talk to the police. Good luck!
I agree with the prior answers. I would add that you definitely do not want to go into court without an attorney. At the municipal court or district court level, you will not have a jury, and may not be able to properly negotiate your case, let alone try it. Jail time is possible for this offense. I suggest you retain counsel.
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