Shoplifting

What is Shoplifting?

Shoplifting is criminal conduct where somebody is stealing from a retailer, basically, somebody who is offering up consumer goods in some sort of retail setting.

Why is it Important to Have an Attorney for a Shoplifting Charge?

Number one, retailers are generally very aggressive. They have their own security staffs. It is rare where a retailer will say he does not want to prosecute. They routinely want to prosecute. They lose millions of dollars a year in shoplifting so, they are very pro-prosecution. But, you need an attorney because if you simply plea to an initial shoplifting charge, chances are decent that if you are somebody who has had one shoplifting conviction, and you have another case where you are alleged to have shoplifted more than $100.00, that case itself is a five year felony. There is an enhancement that is afoot there. Any time you have been convicted of a misdemeanor shoplifting, which an initial shoplifting charge is, the second charge after your conviction, if it is alleged you stole more than $100.00 from a retailer, will be charged as a felony, a five year felony.

What First Steps Should be Taken with a Shoplifting Charge?

You should call a lawyer and sit down with the lawyer as early as your arraignment to ensure that your rights are upheld and you are well represented throughout the process. Shoplifting is the kind of case that is very easy for a person to come in at their first day in district court and plea at the arraignment. But, because of the enhancements and things to that effect, it is always a better idea to sit down with a lawyer first to evaluate the evidence.

Why Choose Us?

Beyond the combined experience of three lawyers with all of that time in the criminal justice system, this area that we are in just has a number of malls and retailers. So, there are a number of shopliftings that get charged, and the retailers are very proactive in ensuring the people are charged. With that, you have a lot of cases that are entirely defendable that come through our criminal courts. Our lawyers have that amount of experience to discern what a defendable case is and what a very difficult case is to defend.

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