Defense For Retail Theft Charges
Shoplifting is a theft crime that generally involves stealing retail goods from a place of business. It is generally considered a lesser theft offense and is frequently charged as a misdemeanor, although a defendant may find him or herself facing felony and even federal charges depending on the value of goods and whether the case involves a string of alleged shoplifting offenses. Have you been accused of shoplifting? Make sure you talk to a lawyer about your ability to challenge these charges. Without proper legal counsel from an experienced Plano shoplifting defense lawyer, you may find yourself in danger of facing serious penalties.
Have You Been Accused Of Shoplifting in Plano, Texas?
The severity of a shoplifting charge and the penalties that may be imposed will increase depending on the value of property taken and whether you have a prior conviction or multiple prior convictions for shoplifting on your criminal record. Although a typical shoplifting case will usually be charged as a misdemeanor, a third offense may be charged as a felony. In addition to the penalties that may be imposed upon a conviction (imprisonment, fines, restitution, community service, etc.) you will have the added burden of living with a criminal record, something that may affect your career, educational opportunities, professional licenses and virtually every aspect of your life.
Contact Our Plano Shoplifting Attorneys For Help Today
Ensuring that your future is well-protected in the face of shoplifting or any other theft charges is one of the most important steps you can take if you have been arrested or are currently under investigation by Plano law enforcement. From the very beginning of the criminal process, an attorney can work to protect your legal rights and can begin building a defense strategy that challenges the prosecution’s evidence against you and enables you the best chance of avoiding a conviction.
Contact a Plano shoplifting attorney at the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC, for a consultation!