Now is the time to contact a shoplifting attorney in Seal Beach 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 Seal Beach CA as soon as possible.
Learn more about the charge and how a shoplifting attorney in Seal Beach 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 Seal Beach 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.
Do not move forward without talking to a shoplifting attorney in Seal Beach 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 Seal Beach 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.