From Disneyland to Fullerton Courthouse: Winning a Shoplifting Case

Shoplifting at Disneyland: A Legal Case Study

Introduction to the Case

Our client, a devoted Disneyland enthusiast from the Bay Area, faced a shoplifting accusation during a visit to Disneyland with her daughter. Despite owning most of the merchandise, she was alleged to have stolen more items than she actually had. She has an autistic child and a busy schedule attending therapies, lives with her husband, and has maintained a clean criminal record.

Client Background and Challenges

The challenge in this case was to preserve her clean criminal record while managing the logistical difficulty of her residing up north and the need to appear at the Fullerton courthouse. The case was complicated by the fact that her presence was mandatory, and negotiations with the Anaheim City Attorney would have been more straightforward if she could attend in person.

Legal Strategy and Negotiations

Our initial legal strategy focused on her clean criminal background and seeking a deferred entry of judgment. However, the Anaheim City Attorney was resistant to this approach, insisting on a criminal conviction. Unwilling to accept a criminal record for our client, we shifted our strategy towards engaging directly with the judge.

Motion for Diversion and Judge’s Ruling

We filed a motion for diversion and successfully convinced the Anaheim City Attorney to waive notice on the motion, expediting the process. In court, we highlighted our client’s clean background, her residence upstate, and the impracticality of traveling to Southern California for court appearances. The judge agreed that our client need not check in at the Fullerton courthouse ONE OC window to coordinate community service and allowed her to complete community service locally at any 501(c)(3) licensed nonprofit.

Successful Resolution and Client Satisfaction

This flexibility enabled our client to choose a convenient location for her service, avoiding the need to travel to Fullerton. The judge provided 90 days to complete the service, after which the case would be dismissed, leaving our client without a shoplifting conviction on her record. This outcome significantly differed from what might have occurred had she negotiated directly with the prosecutor, potentially leading to a trial or an undesired conviction.

Conclusion and Call to Action

If you have been arrested for shoplifting at Disneyland, our firm can assist with a similar approach and advocate for the best possible outcome. Contact us for a motion for diversion and expert legal representation.

What legal strategies are effective for defending against a shoplifting charge at Disneyland?

Several legal strategies are effective in defending against shoplifting charges at Disneyland, as each case differs. In some instances, the person may have moved away, or the loss prevention officer might have been fired. Other cases might hinge on the equities, focusing not just on proof but on leveraging a person’s clean record to resolve the case. One approach is to deal with the Anaheim City Attorney, who prosecutes these cases, or alternatively, address the judge at the Fullerton Courthouse. However, when dealing with the Anaheim City Attorney’s office, which is firm on securing convictions for shoplifting at Disneyland, it’s advisable to avoid them if your client has a clean record, as our client did, and instead take the case to the judge.

How can your firm help if I’ve been arrested for shoplifting at Disneyland?

Our firm can assist by identifying the appropriate party to deal with and using the equities of the case to maintain a clean criminal record. As mentioned earlier, we typically avoid the Anaheim City Attorney’s Office to prevent a conviction on your criminal record. Our primary goal is to avoid a conviction at all costs.

What is a motion for diversion, and how does it apply to shoplifting cases?

A diversion motion suspends all legal proceedings and grants the judge authority to dismiss the case if you meet certain conditions, often involving classes or community service. It’s a win-win situation: our clients keep their records clean, the system ensures accountability and rehabilitation, and society benefits from the community service.

Can you represent me if my shoplifting case is being handled at the Fullerton Courthouse?

Yes, I can represent you in your shoplifting case at the Fullerton Courthouse, whether it’s at Disneyland or elsewhere. My firm has a high rate of success at that courthouse.

What are the potential consequences of a shoplifting arrest at Disneyland?

The potential consequences of a shoplifting arrest at Disneyland include up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Realistically, this outcome is rare; the default consequence is a criminal record and fines, unless it’s a repeat offense. However, our law firm aims not only to prevent jail time but also to seek case dismissal.

How does having an attorney change the outcome of a Disneyland shoplifting case?

Having an attorney brings your case to the threshold of diversion. From there, it’s up to you to fulfill your obligations. If you do, your case will likely be dismissed.

What steps should I take immediately after a shoplifting arrest at Disneyland?

If you’re caught shoplifting at Disneyland, call our office immediately. We will represent you in court and manage all proceedings.

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