Look no further for the best shoplifting attorney in Los Alamitos 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 Los Alamitos 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 more about the charge and how a shoplifting attorney in Los Alamitos 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 Los Alamitos 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.
Contact an experienced shoplifting attorney in Los Alamitos 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 Los Alamitos CA by reaching out to Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 for a free legal consultation.