Now is the time to talk to a shoplifting attorney in Montebello CA
No one wants to face any type of criminal charge but unfortunately millions of Americans face them every year. When it comes to seemingly minor theft crimes, some people assume that they do not need to contact a lawyer and that the best thing to do is to simply plead guilty. This is never true. If you have been charged with shoplifting then you should absolutely contact a shoplifting attorney in Montebello CA as soon as possible.
What exactly can a shoplifting attorney in Montebello CA help with?
It is common for a person to believe that stealing something from a store is called shoplifting but in actuality the legal term is petty theft. It is also important to understand that being charged with petty theft does not have to involve taking an item from a store and walking out without paying for it at all. It can also involve something like taking a label from one item and using that label to pay for a more expensive item.
Any conviction of shoplifting is going to have some type of consequences but your shoplifting attorney in Montebello CA could have a big impact on how serious those consequences are. In large part, it will depend on the value of the items sold, your criminal background, and the specifics of your case. In most cases, a first offense will be a misdemeanor with consequences of a fine and informal probation but without the right attorney, the consequences could be more serious.
Your shoplifting attorney in Montebello 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.
Are you ready for a free legal consultation with a shoplifting attorney in Montebello CA?
You do not want to plead guilty to these charges without having discussed your options with a shoplifting attorney in Montebello CA. Even if it feels as though there is a mountain of evidence against you, we can help you. Whether we work to have the charges dismissed, have the charges reduced, or help you get the least possible penalty, you can count on Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre to be there .Contact our offices today at 800-572-1252 for a free legal consultation.