Shoplifting and Petty Theft Defense Lawyers
Shoplifting is typically described as taking a small amount of merchandise from a retail store illegally, and can be classified as a misdemeanor or felony offense depending on the value of the items taken. Petty theft is the unlawful acquisition of a person or business’s property without their consent whose value does not exceed a certain amount. In most cases this amount is $400.
Being charged and convicted with shoplifting or petty theft can be a very serious matter. It can carry penalties ranging from fines, restitution, community service and even prison time, depending on the seriousness and severity of the infraction. A conviction on a shoplifting or petty theft charge, and the resulting criminal record, can follow you for years into the future and make it difficult for you to get a job, hold certain professional licenses, and apply for credit, among other things.
Charged with theft in Los Angeles?
A charge of shoplifting or petty theft can be a very unpleasant and humiliating experience. If you have been charged with a shoplifting or petty theft crime, you should contact one of our experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys. Our attorneys will pursue your case aggressively to protect your rights. We fully investigate the allegations and evidence being used against you to find weaknesses in the case and to see that your rights were not violated at any time during the investigation. If we find that they were, we will take immediate action in an attempt to have the charges against you reduced or dismissed. Contact our office today to discuss your case with one of our attorneys. At Cron, Israels & Stark, we are committed to helping you reach the most favorable outcome in your case. We are available during regular business hours or by appointment during evenings and weekends. Contact our law office to review your case.