Now is the time to contact a shoplifting attorney in West Covina 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 West Covina CA as soon as possible.
Ask a shoplifting attorney in West Covina 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 West Covina 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.
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 West Covina 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 West Covina CA. At Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre we make it easy by offering a free legal consultation.Contact our offices today at 800-572-1252 to get started.