If you are facing charges for shoplifting, you are certainly not alone. According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP), roughly 27 million shoplifters live here in the United States, which works out to about one in every 11 individuals. Within just the last five years, over 10 million people were arrested for allegedly shoplifting.
If you're facing criminal charges, it is important to think beyond the immediate consequences and consider the big picture. Even after you have paid your fines and/or served your time behind bars, that conviction may impact your life. If the offense stays on your permanent record, for instance, it can make it difficult or even impossible to find a job in your chosen field.
If you have been following news reports, you have likely heard of the college admission scandal that has ensnared celebrities, elite universities and others. Recently, a well-known actress, Felicity Huffman, agreed to plead guilty to charges in an initial indictment. Another celebrity, Lori Laughlin, and her husband have not yet reached a plea deal. Instead, they face additional charges that did not appear in the original filing.