L.A. County Probation Officer Accused Of Shoplifting With Teen Children
A veteran Los Angeles County Probation Department officer, assigned specifically to aid the rehab of juvenile offenders, was arrested on May 25 on suspicion of shoplifting and contributing to the delinquency of her own children. She has also been placed on unpaid leave from the Probation Department.
Ruth Marzan, who has over 20 years working for the Probation Department, was arrested at a Kmart when security personnel allegedly witnessed her shoplift items and coach her two teenage children to shoplift as well. Marzan allegedly stole two MP3 players, clothes and underwear.
The Los Angeles County Probation Department has been plagued with personnel problems for many years, despite the Department’s efforts to reduced this number.
Getting caught for shoplifting in Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills or Santa Monica can be a serious crime. The severity of the charges usually depend on the total value of the items taken, whether the items were recovered, whether the items were damaged at all and whether or not this was a first offense or if there are issues of probation. Generally, if the value of item(s) taken was over $950, a felony grand theft charge would follow. If the value of the items are lower then that, most of the time the charges are either petty theft or misdemeanor commercial burglary.
As mentioned in other blogs and on the website, there are many valuable resources available to resolve theft cases before they become a conviction on your record. Depending on the facts of your case, a civil compromise or some other form of deferred sentence can keep a conviction off your record so long as you are able to make the victim whole and pay for any loss and out of pocket expenses.
If you have been arrested or cited for shoplifting or theft in Hollywood, North Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Century City, Santa Monica, or any other city in Los Angeles County, contact an attorney before your court date to find out of something can be done before charges are even filed against you! It might be the smartest call you make.