Experienced Lawyer Helps Massachusetts Residents Fight Prosecution
If you have been caught taking or attempting to take merchandise from a store, shop, or any business that sells goods without paying for the item, you may need a shoplifting defense lawyer. State laws also consider returning counterfeit or stolen merchandise to a store a shoplifting crime as well as switching price tags in an effort to pay less for an item. A store employee or security guard can detain a person who has been accused of shoplifting and offenders are typically banned from the store.
Misdemeanor Theft (Shoplifting) usually involves items worth less than $500 and felony shoplifting charges are filed when the items value at more than $500. Individuals suspected and arrested of stealing $5,000 or more are charged with grand theft larceny through the federal court system. These crimes have serious penalties and can result in prison sentences. For this reason, it is wise to contact a shoplifting defense lawyer as soon as charges are filed. To protect your rights, fill out the free case review form and have your questions regarding shoplifting crimes answered.
Shoplifting consequences include fines (range from $50 up to $150,000), community service, counseling, and time in jail (ranges from 30 days to 10 years). The consequences and sentencing terms vary among states and depend on each individual case. For answers to questions regarding the consequences of your shoplifting case, consult an attorney.
The cost of retaining a lawyer varies depending on the charges and the state that you live in, but an attorney may be capable of getting you a more favorable sentence. A defense attorney may be able to reduce the charge to disorderly conduct depending on your particular situation or negotiate with the court to get the charges dropped altogether. They may also be able to prevent the charges from going on a criminal record.
Shoplifting charges are resolved with in court system. Judges examine the case and make a sentencing decision based on the defendant’s age, how many previous offences have been committed, and may also consider the reason or situation behind why the crime was committed.
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