San Diego Shoplifting Attorney
Quality Defense from a Former Police Officer
Shoplifting is a form of theft that involves stealing goods from a store. Unless the value of goods taken exceeds $950, shoplifting is charged as petty theft and is usually charged as a misdemeanor. This can carry time in jail and excessive fines. Shoplifting charges are usually backed by strong physical evidence, such as video surveillance, recovered property, and even witness testimony. For this reason, it is all the more important for you to work with a capable shoplifting attorney who can protect your rights and ensure you are treated fairly throughout the legal process.
James N. Dicks is a San Diego criminal lawyer experienced in defending theft crime charges; he has the resources needed to be effective. As a former police officer and a certified criminal law specialist, Attorney James N. Dicks has a solid understanding of California state laws and penalties as they apply to shoplifting. This knowledge and experience is invaluable in helping clients attain alternative sentencing, lessened charges, or a winning verdict.
The Harsh Consequences of Shoplifting
While the penalties you face in your case will depend on several factors, you can expect to be up against serious consequences. Even though you may think your offense is minor, the criminal court system in San Diego doesn't take shoplifting charges lightly.
That is why the following penalties may be enforced:
- Up to 6 months in jail
- $1,000 in fines
- Restitution to the victim
- 3 years of probation
In cases that involve a large amount of shoplifted property, the defendant may face between one and three years behind bars. Further, you could be required to pay back the value of the property in excess to the property owner. Don't let your record be ruined over a shoplifting incident! Instead, come to JD Law for qualified counsel and representation.
Defending Shoplifting Charges in San Diego, California
In shoplifting cases, the specific intent of the defendant does not need to be proven, as in some other theft crimes. Instead, physical evidence and witness testimony play a big part in a verdict. By having a skilled criminal attorney at your side, you have the chance to avoid a conviction. Your attorney may also be able to negotiate having the charges lessened to an infraction, which will not appear on your criminal record. Don’t risk spending months or over a year in jail because of shoplifting.
Don’t take a chance with your future and your reputation. Contact JD Law today!