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Shoplifting Criminal Defense Lawyers

Were You Arrested and Charged with Shoplifting? Call 1-800-ATTORNEY Today!

Being accused of theft via shoplifting (or petty theft) isn’t only stressful; it can also be life-changing. If you’ve been accused of theft, it’s in your best interests to get in touch with an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your good name, as well as your future. Call us at 1-800-ATTORNEY, and find out how we may be able to help you.

Consequences of a Shoplifting Charge

Shoplifting Criminal LawyersMany people are of the opinion that shoplifting charges are minor, and that a conviction will not affect their future. The truth, however, is entirely different. You may be facing jail or prison time, high fines and fees, the possibility of having a permanent record, and more.

Once convicted, you could be faced with an avalanche of consequences that may reach well into your future. For example, a shoplifting or theft conviction may make it virtually impossible for you to secure a job in many types of careers (especially those which require you to handle cash). On top of that, you may have a hard time finding an apartment lease in certain areas.

Shoplifting is usually considered a misdemeanor. Theft, on the other hand, can be much more-serious—especially if you have a history of similar offenses. Some states even employ the “three strikes law,” which can mean a substantial amount of jail time without the possibility of parole. While it’s rare that a shoplifting offense leads to serious jail time, the consequences of a conviction will have a lasting effect on your future opportunities.

That being said, a good criminal defense lawyer may be able to help lessen the charges brought against you, seek probation to avoid a conviction, or even have the case thrown out of court under certain circumstances.

A Crime of “Moral Turpitude”

The degree of punishment may be directly proportionate to the item that was allegedly stolen. Shoplifting offenses are considered ‘crimes of moral turpitude’ and may put your ability to get and maintain a job in jeopardy. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you could also face deportation if convicted.

Contact the Criminal Defense Lawyers at 1-800-ATTORNEY!

The best way to make sure that you get the outcome you deserve is by hiring an experienced and competent criminal defense lawyer. You only get one shot at defending yourself, and a simple procedural mistake could result in you losing your case (even if you’re 100% innocent).

Take a minute to call 1-800-ATTORNEY, and let us explain the options available to you, as well as how we can help.

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