Now is the time to talk to a shoplifting attorney in Santa Ana 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 Santa Ana CA as soon as possible.
Ask a shoplifting attorney in Santa Ana CA: What is the difference between petty theft and shoplifting?
The only real difference is that shoplifting is a layperson’s term and petty theft is the legal term. Either way, it involves taking an item from a store without paying for it. However, it can involve other things too, such as switching tags to pay less for an item or returning an item you did not buy to get store credit.
If you are convicted of petty theft then you should expect to have consequences. That said, a shoplifting attorney in Santa Ana CA can help you reduce the consequences or perhaps not be convicted in the first place. The charges you will face, the consequences, and the long-term penalties will vary based on the value of the items stolen and your criminal record. We will work to have the charges dropped or reduced to an infraction if possible.
We are the shoplifting attorney in Santa Ana 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 Santa Ana 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 Santa Ana CA. At Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre we make it easy by offering a free legal consultation. Just call us at 800-572-1252 to get started.