Now is the time to talk to a shoplifting attorney in La Mirada 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 La Mirada 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 La Mirada 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 La Mirada 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.
We are the shoplifting attorney in La Mirada CA who will fight for the best possible outcome
Every case is different but one thing that is always true if you work with Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre is that we will fight for the best possible outcome. In the event that the amount of the goods stolen equals less than or equal to $950 then the charge will likely be petty theft, assuming it is the first offense. If a person has three prior theft convictions then the charge will likely be a felony. If a person is convicted of a misdemeanor then they could be spending up to six months in jail, be facing fines, and be on informal probation for up to three years.
On the other hand, a felony petty theft conviction can result in three years in state prison, significant fines, and formal probation. In the event that the amount of the goods stolen was in excess of $950 then the prosecution has the option to charge the crime as grand theft and it could mean a much more serious consequence. We can fight against any and all charges and work for total dismissal or a significant reduction in charges.
Do not move forward without talking to a shoplifting attorney in La Mirada CA
Regardless of the situation you are in, whether you are innocent or guilty, whether there is not much evidence against you or a lot, whether you have admitted to the crime or not, you do want to talk to a shoplifting attorney in La Mirada CA. At Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre we make it easy by offering a free legal consultation. Contact our offices today at 800-572-1252 to get started.