Now is the time to contact a shoplifting attorney in Torrance 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 Torrance 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 Torrance 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 Torrance 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.
Potential consequences of a conviction for petty theft / shoplifting
Petty theft is what’s known as a wobbler in the state of California. This means that it can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. If the value of the property was less than $950 and it is the person’s first offense, then it will be charged as a misdemeanor in most cases. A conviction for misdemeanor petty theft can result in six months in jail, a fine, and informal probation.
On the other hand, shoplifting can be charged as a felony if a person has more than three prior theft convictions or if the value of the property stolen was more than $950. A felony charge can result in as long as three years in prison. The prosecution could even decide to charge this as grand theft, which is an even more serious charge.
Do not move forward without talking to a shoplifting attorney in Torrance 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 Torrance 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.