Arrested for Shoplifting?
Southern California Defense Lawyers
Even if shoplifting seems like a minor issue, it can have a considerable
impact on your future. In addition to the fines and possible jail time
you could face with a shoplifting conviction, you can also be sued in
civil court by the alleged victim. Fight back against shoplifting charges
by calling our Sothern California theft crime lawyers to contest your
charges and keep your record clean.
Arrested for shoplifting? Get superior defense today by
contacting our firm!
Gibbons & Gibbons, A Law Corporation takes great pride in our reputation
for success. In our more than 60 collective years of practicing law, we
have handled countless criminal cases and secured a 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating.
This legal excellence is also reflected in our ability to satisfy our
clients and maintain a high standing among our legal peers. We are tenacious
trial lawyers who fight hard against any type of criminal charges, including
theft crimes. You need our team in your corner today!
What penalties am I facing for shoplifting?
Shoplifting falls under the category of
theft crimes in California, which is any crime involving the unauthorized and illegal
taking of another's property with the intention to deprive them of
it. The penalties for these crimes can vary, depending on the amount taken,
if any violence or force was used, and the location the property was stolen from.
The punishment for a shoplifting conviction includes:
- Fines of up to $250 for property valued at less than $50 with no prior
- Up to $1,000 in fines and/or 6 months in jail for property valued at less than $950
- Between 1 and 3 years in jail and fines for property worth over $950 or
if theft of a firearm
Civil penalties for a conviction can hold you liable to repay between $50
and $500, in addition to the retail value of the property stolen if it
is not returned in good condition. Our Southern California shoplifting
attorney can fight to protect you from these penalties!
The solution? Get our firm in your corner!
Our Southern California criminal defense attorneys can work to defend your
rights in and secure the lowest possible penalties on your behalf. We
may even be able to negotiate a pretrial diversion program. Rather than
a conviction, you would have to perform community service or other court-mandated
requirements in exchange for having your charges dismissed.
Whatever the details of your case,
call us for your free initial consultation!