The answer is based on whether or not a Court has "conditions of release" in place, and whether or not the store has "trespassed" you.
When can I go back to a store after a shoplifting charge?
When can I go back to Walmart? As part of our criminal defense practice, we have represented many people who have been accused of shoplifting at Walmart. Cases often resolve through some type of resolution that ultimately dismisses the case. Once a case is dismissed by the Court, the Court's "conditions of release" or "no contact order" are no longer in place. In other words, once a case is dismissed, the Court no longer has jurisdiction to direct an individual to not go to Walmart - or wherever they were previously banned from. However, a dismissal by the Court does not necessarily mean that you can return to Walmart. Once a case is resolved, and typically dismissed, people frequently ask us when they can return to Walmart. While the Court no longer has authority to ban you from the store, the store itself may have a trespass order against you. So if the Court's order is gone, the specific store may still have a valid trespass order against you. The order that is in effect by the store controls - it does not matter that the case has been dismissed. If you are in this situation, the safest way to determine if they have an order in effect prohibiting you from entering the store is to have an attorney write them a letter. Ask for a letter back in response to that question, so that you have something in writing. It should be directed o the stores loss prevention team. Don't risk calling the store yourself, because that could be a violation of the order for which you could be prosecuted. I use Walmart as an example, but it is the same question for any retail store that a person has been trespassed from, and the Court has told them that they are prohibited from going there.
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