Do not wait to call an experienced shoplifting attorney in Hawthorne CA
Many people who end up calling a shoplifting attorney in Hawthorne 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 Hawthorne 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.
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 Hawthorne CA
You do not want to wait to call a shoplifting attorney in Hawthorne 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.