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Los Angeles Shoplifting Defense Attorney
If a person happens to walk through the mall, walk into a store, and take something without paying for it, that person will be charged with the theft crime of shoplifting.
Most shoplifting cases are petty theft if the merchandise stolen was under $950. This crime is a specific intent crime in which the person must have had the specific intent to take something from a store without paying for it. A person may also be charged with shoplifting if labels are switched on merchandise to get a lower price.
Most first offense shoplifting cases are charged as misdemeanors which may include small fine and probation; the crime may also be reduced to a infraction. This is the simplest case scenario. There are cases where injuries are involved, weapons may be involved, or stolen merchandise exceeding $950 which amounts to grand theft which can result in imprisonment.
A petty theft conviction can result up to 6 months in jail, fines, and informal probation, and probation. If there are prior theft crime convictions, as stated in California Penal code section 666, the charges increase to felony petty theft charges rather than a misdemeanor and if convicted of the felony offense penalties include up to 3 years in state prison.
Contact our Theft Attorneys
At the Hedding Law Firm we have over 75 years combined experience in handling criminal defense cases including thousands of theft cases such as shoplifting. We understand that a conviction of a theft crime can effect your future and your income and as advocates we do everything we can to prevent a conviction from happening. We fight, we persuade, we argue, we defend. Call us to set up a free consultation and we can sit down and talk about your specific matter. We will defend your freedom and your legal rights.