Dublin Shoplifting Defense Lawyer
Contacting a Dublin criminal defense lawyer is absolutely crucial if you or someone you know has been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting. This is a form of petty
theft that involves taking property from a retail store. Generally, shoplifting is classified as a
misdemeanor and is considered petty theft when the property involved is valued at $400 or less. If the property allegedly stolen is valued at more than $400, a defendant may face grand theft charges.
There is one factor that makes shoplifting a potentially life-changing offense. If a defendant has one or more prior convictions for any type of theft crime on his or her record, shoplifting may be charged as a felony offense. This may mean more than the up to 3-year prison sentence that may be imposed for petty theft with a prior. If the defendant has two prior "strikes" on his or her criminal record for serious or violent felony offenses, he or she may face 25 years to life in prison for a felony shoplifting conviction.
Arrested for shoplifting? Contact a Dublin criminal defense attorney.
An important step to take if you or someone you know has been accused of shoplifting or any form of petty theft is to enlist the representation of an experienced Dublin criminal defense attorney. These cases may seem "cut and dry" because of the fact that there is often video surveillance and/or a security guard who is willing to testify that the defendant took property from the store, but this does not mean that a conviction is inevitable. There are various ways that an experienced lawyer can build a successful defense strategy that will keep a defendant out of jail and from being convicted entirely.
To learn more about how we can handle your case, contact a Dublin Shoplifting Defense Lawyer at our offices. We will offer the aggressive, knowledgeable criminal defense counsel you need.