Providing Experienced Shoplifting And Petty Theft Defense
Stealing may be charged as a misdemeanor, but employers and institutions often see it is as a moral character issue. Thus, an accusation of shoplifting or any theft cannot be taken lightly. There could be major repercussions in your future for a seemingly minor offense.
The criminal defense lawyers of Mahaffey & Associates, have favorably resolved many theft cases. We will work to dismiss the charges or keep the arrest and conviction off of your record. Contact us today to find out how we can help.
Shoplifting · Theft · Burglary
We represent adults and juveniles who have been arrested for petty theft crimes, including:
- Shoplifting or employee theft
- Petty theft
- Theft of services
- Unauthorized use of a credit card
- Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
- Burglary of a car, garage or unoccupied building
Depending on the circumstances, dollar value and prior convictions, thefts may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. However, any theft conviction can have future consequences. It could close the door on certain colleges, careers or military service. It could cost you a job or scholarship. It might even bar you from certain volunteer activities.
Mitigating The Consequences Of Theft Charges
For shoplifting charges, our attorneys will examine the evidence that a crime occurred and the circumstances of your detainment by security staff or arrest by law enforcement. Sometimes we can negotiate restitution in lieu of criminal charges. Sometimes we can convince the prosecutor to drop the case or reduce the charges to a non-theft offense. You may qualify for a deferred sentence or diversion program that keeps the conviction off of your record. We have also helped clients expunge criminal records for past arrests.