Saks Shoplifting Cases

Saks is one of most recognized luxury stores in the US and is owned by the Hudson Bay Company, the oldest commercial corporation in North America which also owns Lord & Taylor. Saks is located in Manhattan at 611 5th Avenue, making jurisdiction over any shoplifting cases within New York County. We often defend shoplifting cases from Saks at the Midtown Community Court which hears select criminal and some civil cases from the Midtown area.

Shoplifting cases at Saks can be the result of direct observation by store security, through video surveillance or a security sensor. Often, arrests happen within Saks and before the suspected shoplifter has left the store. This raises a natural question as to whether the suspected shoplifter was really going to leave without paying. Saks security often looks for the following behaviors

  • Placing unpaid merchandise in a personal bag
  • Placing unpaid merchandise in a shopping bag brought in from outside
  • Placing unpaid merchandise in a shopping bag obtained inside
  • Entering a fitting room with fewer items and without leaving them in the fitting room
  • Tag switching where an expensive price tag is swapped with a less expensive tag
  • Pacing, loitering, or looking around nervously

After Saks security detains and questions a suspected shoplifter, the NYPD is called and formally taken into custody. Later, the suspected shoplifter can be given a desk appearance ticket and charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property at the arraignment in court. The arraignment is the beginning of the criminal case and depending on how it is handled, you may make or break your entire case.

What if I did it?

  • We will fight to get your case dismissed
  • We can negotiate to get your case dismissed and/or reduced
  • Don't let this case be the only thing that the prosecutor and judge know about you. We will fight to show them that there is more to you than these allegations
  • If you were suffering from anxiety, depression, distraction, or under the influence of any medications or substances, please let us know right away.
  • Contact us for a case evaluation at (212) 619-3900

I’m innocent

  • We will fight to get your case dismissed
  • If you have any documentation showing that you are innocent, please bring it to the consultation
  • Contact us for a case evaluation at (212) 619-3900

Some of our Saks Case Results

  • Our client was arrested for stealing over $2,000 of merchandise and place them in client's personal bag. When client first contact us, client was told that she would have to plead guilty to a felony which could have led to permanent career problems. After extensive negotiations with the prosecutor, we were able to negotiate a deal that avoided a felony and avoided a criminal record.
  • Client was arrested for taking a bag worth over $1,000 from Saks. Case began as a felony and client faced up to 4 years in prison but we negotiated a deal to get the charges dropped. Case was eventually dismissed and client's record sealed. Clients arrest photo and fingerprints were destroyed.
  • Client arrested for using a pair of scissors to remove tags in fitting room and trying to leave with a dress. Value of the merchandise was about $400. We negotiated a deal to have the case dismissed and the record sealed, arrest photo and fingerprints to be destroyed.
  • Client arrested inside Saks for taking about $800 of merchandise. It was recovered from client's shopping bag. Case successfully resolved with eventual dismissal, record sealed, arrest photo and fingerprints to be destroyed.
  • Our client was stopped and arrested for taking about $900 of merchandise. Client was charged with a class A misdemeanor and faced up to 1 year in jail. Case resolved with a non-criminal outcome, no criminal record, small fine, arrest photo and fingerprints to be sealed.
  • Client was stopped when trying to leave and accused of switching tags on a clothing item. Client was arrested and given a desk appearance ticket charging client with class A misdemeanors, punishable by up to 1 year in jail. Case dismissed, arrests photo and fingerprints to be destroyed.
  • Client arrested while in possession of a unpaid dress in client's bag and scissors used to remove a tag. Client admitted doing it. Despite the evidence, we successfully negotiated a dismissal, client's arrest photo and fingerprints to be destroyed. We also helped client with immigration issues that were triggered by client's arrest.

Shoplifting convictions can lead to permanent and life altering consequences. Before you set foot in a courtroom, you could lose your job, get fined, and suffer from embarrassment, stress, and anxiety. Depending on the outcome of your case, you may face up to a year in jail, a permanent criminal record, employment, and immigration and international travel consequences. Contact us today at (212) 619-3900 to discuss the options available to you. The sooner you call, the sooner we can shed light on your situation and what it would take to achieve the best outcome.

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