San Diego Shoplifting Attorney
Get our seasoned legal team behind your case!
Shoplifting may seem like a small, insignificant crime, but it can carry
major penalties and consequences. Though many people may think that shoplifting
seems like a harmless action, those that are caught will be up against
tough charges. That is why you must take your charges seriously and obtain
the counsel of a qualified
San Diego criminal defense lawyer from The Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC.
What are the Penalties for Shoplifting?
You need to make sure you have a strong defense against your charges. We
can help you identify the weaknesses in the prosecution's case and
work to get your charges resolved in the best possible manner. It is also
important to understand the penalties you could be facing for your shoplifting charges.
The charges will depend upon the value of the property shoplifted:
- Property valued less than $950 will likely be considered a misdemeanor
- Property valued at more than $950 will be considered a felony
If the value of goods that are involved in a shoplifting incident is between
$50 and $400, the crime is charged as
petty theft. A first time offense is generally charged as a misdemeanor and will likely
involve a fine and informal probation, although jail time of up to 6 months
can be sentenced. Further petty shoplifting offenses can bring felony
charges and up to 16 months in prison. If the shoplifting incident involved
property valued over $400, you may face the more serious charge of
If you have previous offenses on your record, stole items like a hand gun
or weapon, or the store owner decides to pursue a lawsuit against you
for damages, you could be facing much more serious penalties and consequences.
Don't Wait to Enlist Strong Legal Defense!
At The Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC, we have been zealously
defending clients from all types of
theft charges, such as shoplifting, for numerous years. As former public defenders,
we have unique insight as to how the prosecution will likely approach
your case. This gives us the advantage to either favorably negotiate your
charges or fight for a dismissal. Whatever the case, you can rest assured
knowing we are fully prepared to take on your charges.
You cannot afford to try and fight your shoplifting charges on your own!
Get our San Diego criminal defense firm on your side today.
Call now to schedule your
free case evaluation with our experienced legal team.