You do need to hire a lawyer or ask for the public defender. That said, it is not necessary that you left the store for the charge to stick. Any act of dominion or control over the store's property all do whether you walked past the cash registers or not. For commercial burglary the People will have to prove that you entered the store with the intent to commit larceny. This is a more difficult burden than is sometims thought.Ask a similar question
Your best bet is to hire a locally experienced defense attorney. Nobody on here is going to be able to give you a competent and thorough answer without having a chance to review all of the evidence in your case. Good luck.
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I agree with Mr. Kaman. (1) You need a lawyer right away if you don't already have one. (2) Where you were when apprehended is not conclusive. The relevant issue is your intent. Where you were might be a relevant fact in showing your intent or lack thereof. As Mr. Kaman points out, the burden will be on the prosecution to prove you entered the store with intent to commit larceny. The prosecution will have to prove this beyond a reasonable doubt and, as Mr. Kaman points out, that is easier said than done.
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Hire a GOOD outside lawyer and pay him well to take it to the limit.
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