Now is the time to contact a shoplifting attorney in Artesia CA
Many people who end up calling a shoplifting attorney in Artesia CA never thought they would have a need for an attorney. No matter if you are guilty or innocent, this is not a charge you should ever plead guilty to without talking to an attorney. We urge you to contact Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 for your free legal consultation today.
Learn more about the charge and how a shoplifting attorney in Artesia CA can help
When you think of a person stealing an item from a store, you likely think of the term shoplifting. In fact, the legal term for this is petty theft. Note that to be guilty of this charge, you do not necessarily have had to walk in and take an item out. You could also do something such as switching the label on a higher priced item with a less expensive label or returning an item that you did not buy in order to get store credit.
Any conviction of shoplifting is going to come with consequences but your shoplifting attorney in Artesia CA can work to reduce them. The amount of jail time, your fine, etc. will be based largely on the value of what was stolen and your criminal history. The best case scenario is that we could get the charged dropped. It may also be possible to have your first offense reduced to an infraction. This is essentially like a ticket and involves a fine but does not result in you having a criminal record.
Your shoplifting attorney in Artesia CA can work to have your consequences reduced
If the value of goods stolen equals $950 or less then petty theft (i.e. shoplifting) then the charge will be a misdemeanor, provided it is the first theft offense for the defendant. If they have three or more prior theft convictions then it can be charged as a felony. A conviction for a misdemeanor can result in six months in jail, fines, and informal probation of up to three years.
A conviction for felony shoplifting can be three years in prison, fines, and probation. If the value of the items stolen was more than $950 then the prosecution could even decide to charge the crime as grand theft which is a more serious charge with even more serious potential outcomes.
Contact an experienced shoplifting attorney in Artesia CA for a free consultation
These are not charges you want to face on your own. Even if you feel as though you were caught red handed and there are no options, the truth is that there are always options. It may be that the evidence against you was obtained illegally and is therefore not admissible. It may be that we can have the charge reduced to an infraction and get you just a few hours of community service. It is always worth calling a shoplifting attorney in Artesia CA by reaching out to Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 for a free legal consultation.