Facing Shoplifting Charges?
Retain an Experienced Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney
A crime of many names, shoplifting – also called petty theft, petty
larceny, or fourth degree theft – is a common criminal violation
in the greater Los Angeles area. Although it may seem as though there
are no harsh penalties for shoplifting due to its frequency, the seriousness
of the alleged crime can be quite severe. Your future and the charges
you may face heavily depend on the value of the stolen item and the qualifications
of your legal counsel.
Avoid Lifelong Consequences of Shoplifting Convictions
Just like any other
theft crime conviction, petty theft will go onto your criminal record and remain there
for years, if not the rest of your life. An employer or educational facility
that does a background check after receiving your application or résumé
might deny you that opportunity for a shoplifting conviction alone. Other
than the potentially permanent consequences of the crime, you could be
punished immediately through several means, including:
- Up to $1,000 in fines plus the cost of the item
- Between six months and three years in jail
- Community service and civil penalties
It should be noted that shoplifting charges usually apply to an item valued
under the low amount of $50. If you are accused of stealing something
worth more than $50, your penalties will surely increase and the crime
could escalate from a misdemeanor to a felony.
Protect Yourself Now with a Sturdy Defense
Even though shoplifting can be called “petty larceny,” the
penalties surrounding a conviction can be anything but small. Before your
future stability is jeopardized due to one mistake or false accusation,
speak to a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer that understands the importance
of defending your rights against the scrutiny of the legal system.
You should retain Attorney Robert M. Bernstein because he has:
- Maintained an “Excellent” Avvo Rating
- Appeared as a legal analyst for top news sources
- A deliberate focus on criminal defense cases
A better future can start right away when you
schedule a free consultation
with his firm today. With so much on the line, you cannot afford to wait
a day longer.