Now is the time to talk to a shoplifting attorney in Norwalk 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 Norwalk CA as soon as possible.
Learn more about the charge and how a shoplifting attorney in Norwalk 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 Norwalk 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.
We are the shoplifting attorney in Norwalk 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.
Contact an experienced shoplifting attorney in Norwalk 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 Norwalk CA by reaching out to Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 for a free legal consultation.