Do not wait to call an experienced shoplifting attorney in Cerritos CA
How many people do you know who being their life by hoping to be a thief when they grow up? The reality is that most people who are charged with theft crimes have simply made a mistake. If you are facing any type of theft charge, including petty theft charges, then we urge you to contact a shoplifting attorney in Cerritos CA now for your free legal consultation. You can reach Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 or email@example.com.
Ask a shoplifting attorney in Cerritos 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 Cerritos 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 Cerritos 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 Cerritos 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 Cerritos CA by reaching out to Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 for a free legal consultation.