Worcester Shoplifting Defense Attorney
Some consider shoplifting a minor offense. These people may question whether it is worth it to hire a criminal defense lawyer instead of simply accepting the plea bargain offered by the prosecuting attorney. It is important to note that a plea bargain will leave you with a conviction on your record. With more employers performing exhaustive background checks on job applicants, this may affect your ability to find work. It may also come up on college applications and may affect educational opportunities.
Make sure you preserve all opportunities for a bright future. A Worcester theft defense attorney at the Massachusetts DUI Defense Group can help you fight your charges by applying extensive resources to fully investigate them from every angle and develop an aggressive plan of action to get your case dismissed or to secure an acquittal.
Call (800) 82-DEFENSE (1-800-823-3336) or use our online form to schedule your appointment with one of our attorneys. Start defending yourself against shoplifting charges.
Facing Shoplifting Charges? The Penalties Could Be Harsh.
A shoplifting conviction may result in different penalties depending on the value of property involved. For shoplifting involving property valued at less than $100, a defendant will face misdemeanor charges and the following penalties:
- First offense: $250 fine
- Second offense: $500 fine
- Third offense: $500 fine and up to two years in jail
Shoplifting involving property valued at $100 or more may result in a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 2½ years in jail.
Have Investigators Called and Asked You to "Answer a Few Questions?" WARNING: Don't Do It. Call Us First!
You may be asking yourself, "Why should I hire a criminal lawyer if I haven't even been charged with anything?" The best time to hire a lawyer is before you are charged. We sometimes confer with the police or prosecutors to persuade them that there is not enough evidence against our client for the case to proceed or that our client should be charged with a lesser crime.
In Worcester County, Shoplifting Cases Move Quickly. Call Us Today.
The most important thing you can do is move quickly when you have been arrested or are being investigated for a Worcester crime. The sooner you call one of our attorneys, the sooner we can start building a bullet-proof strategy on your behalf.
Call us NOW (even if now is at night or on the weekend) at (800) 82-DEFENSE (1-800-823-3336) or use our online form to schedule a FREE, no-obligation consultation.
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