Look no further for the best shoplifting attorney in El Monte 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 El Monte CA. Read on to learn more and then contact Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 for a free legal consultation.
Learn how a shoplifting attorney in El Monte CA can help
Most people think of shoplifting as stealing something from a store but the legal term is actually petty theft. If you take something from a store that does not belong to you and that you did not pay for, or you try to, then you could be guilty of shoplifting. There are other actions that can count as shoplifting such as:
- Switching labels to get a lower price
- Returning something you did not pay for and getting store credit
Every shoplifting charge has consequences. How serious those consequences are depends largely on the value of what was stolen and the alleged thief’s past criminal record. Most of the time, a first offense is going to be charged as a misdemeanor and the consequence will be a fine and informal probation for as long as three years – this is even true for teens.
There is an even better case scenario though: The police can decide to reduce a first charge of shoplifting to an infraction, which means there will be no resulting criminal record. Only a shoplifting attorney in El Monte CA can look at the case and find the best possible outcome. Reach out to Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 now for your free legal consultation.
The goal is always to have your charges or consequences reduced or alleviated altogether
We will work to have your charges either reduced or dropped. First, you should understand what they are. If a person steals goods that are equal to or less than $950 in value then the charge is most likely misdemeanor petty theft (which most people will call shoplifting). However, if the defendant has three or more prior convictions for theft crimes, then it can be charged as felony petty theft. A misdemeanor charge can result in six months in jail while a felony charge can result in up to three years in prison.
In the event that the items in question were worth more than $950 then the charge is not likely to be petty theft at all but rather grand theft. This is almost always charged as a felony and comes with more significant consequences.
Pick up the phone now for a free legal consultation with a shoplifting attorney in El Monte CA
You do not want to wait to call a shoplifting attorney in El Monte CA. You do not want to face these charges without having spoken to an attorney. No matter what your situation is, what your criminal background is, how minor or serious the charges may seem, it is always worth it to get a free legal consultation. Contact our offices today at 800-572-1252 to get started.