Do not wait to call an experienced shoplifting attorney in Bell Gardens CA
No one starts out their life hoping to be arrested for a theft crime yet it is more common than you may think. Whether it was a mistake or misidentification on the part of the store, or you did steal something, if you have been charged with petty theft then you need a shoplifting attorney in Bell Gardens CA. Read on to learn more and then contact Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 for a free legal consultation.
Ask a shoplifting attorney in Bell Gardens CA: What is the difference between petty theft and shoplifting?
The only real difference is that shoplifting is a layperson’s term and petty theft is the legal term. Either way, it involves taking an item from a store without paying for it. However, it can involve other things too, such as switching tags to pay less for an item or returning an item you did not buy to get store credit.
If you are convicted of petty theft then you should expect to have consequences. That said, a shoplifting attorney in Bell Gardens CA can help you reduce the consequences or perhaps not be convicted in the first place. The charges you will face, the consequences, and the long-term penalties will vary based on the value of the items stolen and your criminal record. We will work to have the charges dropped or reduced to an infraction if possible.
Your shoplifting attorney in Bell Gardens 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.
Are you ready for a free legal consultation with a shoplifting attorney in Bell Gardens CA?
You do not want to plead guilty to these charges without having discussed your options with a shoplifting attorney in Bell Gardens CA. Even if it feels as though there is a mountain of evidence against you, we can help you. Whether we work to have the charges dismissed, have the charges reduced, or help you get the least possible penalty, you can count on Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre to be there. Contact our offices today at 800-572-1252 for a free legal consultation.