Do not wait to call an experienced shoplifting attorney in Buena Park CA
Many people who end up calling a shoplifting attorney in Buena Park 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.
Ask a shoplifting attorney in Buena Park 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 Buena Park 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 Buena Park 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 Buena Park CA?
You do not want to plead guilty to these charges without having discussed your options with a shoplifting attorney in Buena Park 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.