Have you ever walked into a store and been accused of shoplifting?
Even worse, has a store physically confined and interrogated you, then only to throw you out and tell you to never come back?
If so, your rights may have been violated. This can be a serious situation, so seeking proper legal counsel is a prudent decision.
In this quick blog post, we’ll explore some common questions relating to false claims of shoplifting in Ohio.
Can a Storeowner Be Liable for False Imprisonment?
Yes, a storeowner can be liable for false imprisonment. This occurs when the store intentionally confines a person within a limited area for an appreciable amount of time (without lawful privilege).
What Does “Confinement” Actually Mean?
A “confinement” consists of a total detention or restraint upon a person’s freedom to leave, imposed by force or threats.
What are the Signs of False Imprisonment?
When a storeowner has no reasonable cause to stop a customer and wrongfully accuses that customer of stealing any items, the storeowner is liable for false imprisonment as long as they detain the customer:
- within a limited area
- for an appreciable time
- against his/her consent.
What Should I Do?
If you have been a victim of this unlawful behavior, you need to immediately consult with an attorney. The attorney can help you review the situation and determine what you should do to protect your rights.
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If you would like to speak to an attorney from our law office, feel free to contact us. We have experience helping those wrongfully accused of shoplifting and those who have been held by storeowners against their will. Click here to request a discussion with our team.