Shoplifting charges will be filed if it is believed that you have intentionally attempted to remove merchandise from their premises without paying, and steal the item. They will detain you and call the police, after which you will be arrested and charge, and placed in custody. The legal issue that comes into play is whether you had the actual intention to steal. It is not uncommon for an innocent person to put a product from a shelf in their pocket, purse, or backpack in error, as they make their way toward the register. Shopkeepers or security personnel could easily mistake this for actual criminal intent. Leaving a commercial enterprise without paying for an item could happen to anyone who is distracted. If you are facing charges for shoplifting, it is imperative that you get legal representation immediately. At our firm, we have had great success defending against shoplifting charges and are prepared to speak with you at once about defending your case.
The sentence for a successful shoplifting conviction depends on several factors. Shoplifting is classified as petty theft or petty larceny if the value of the goods stolen is less than $1000. It is classified as grand theft or grand larceny if the value is over $1000. Store owners and managers take shoplifting very seriously and will be ready to press charges against you. To successfully defend yourself, you will need a criminal defense attorney who is aggressive and passionate about defending your case.
At Hamilton Grant PC, we are experienced lawyers in the field of criminal defense that have gained a reputation throughout the area for professional, effective defense counsel. We believe that you deserve to have the best criminal lawyer in Collin County you can find. We are skilled at assessing all the factors involved in a shoplifting case, including analyzing the evidence presented in an effort to prove your intent to steal.
Don't make the mistake of thinking that you do not need a professional criminal defense lawyer on your side. Your future opportunities could be compromised if you have a conviction for shoplifting on your record. You owe it to yourself to find out what can be done to defend you in court, from a true legal professional. Contact us to discuss your case.