Miami Shoplifting Civil Rights Lawyer

Miami shoplifting civil rights lawyer

The Berman Law Firm represents the victims of shoplifting false arrest who need a Miami shoplifting civil rights lawyer. We focus our civil rights practice on shoplifting false arrest claims against private entities such as retailers, clothing stores, and grocery stores.  Our clients’ private entity civil rights claims typically arise out of our clients being falsely detained or falsely arrested for crimes, such as shoplifting, that they did not commit and for which they should never have been detained or arrested.  We work closely with our clients’ criminal defense attorneys to obtain a favorable outcome of any criminal charges and to ensure all information and materials required for a successful civil claim are secured during the criminal case.

Shoplifting Civil Rights Law

Florida law, 812.015, Florida Statutes, limits a retail store’s civil liability for detaining and causing the arrest of a person suspected of shoplifting.  Employees of retail stores, typically loss prevention associates, who have probable cause to believe that a retail theft has been committed by a person and that the stolen property can be recovered by taking the person into custody are permitted to detain the person.  However, the detention must be done in a reasonable manner and for a reasonable length of time.  This law requires that law enforcement be called to store immediately upon the store employees detaining the person.  In the event the store employees follow these requirements, the store may not be held liable in a civil claim for the detention or arrest.  Unfortunately, this law is often not followed carefully enough for a store to be immune from civil liability.  

You Need an Experienced Shoplifting Civil Rights Lawyer on Your Side

When a false arrest for shoplifting causes you to suffer the embarrassment and indignity of a civil rights violation, you may be entitled to receive compensation.   If you or a loved one has been the victim of false arrest for shoplifting or other civil rights violations, contact The Berman Law Firm for a free evaluation of your claim.  We want to represent you and will work hard to pursue your rights.  We will put our experience and knowledge to work for you in order to maximize your recovery.