Address Your Shoplifting Charges
Shoplifting, also known as retail theft, should not be considered a minor crime. A conviction for shoplifting comes with serious repercussions, including a criminal record that could impact your ability to get a job. You can protect yourself by enlisting an experienced lawyer. At the Law Office of Stephen L. Richards, I am prepared to overcome these charges through negotiation or trial if necessary. I offer more than 25 years of experience in these cases.
The Goal: To Avoid A Criminal Record In Shoplifting Cases
Many people accused of shoplifting have never been arrested for a crime before. This is true in the majority of juvenile shoplifting cases. Their records are clean and they want to keep it that way. That is what I strive for.
There are options for people with no prior record. I know what those options are and how to qualify for them. Can your case be resolved through deferred prosecution or a diversion program such as theft school? Is there a way that you can successfully complete a program and then have the charges dismissed? If there is a way, you can count on me to find it, and when the charges are dismissed, I will even expunge the arrest record.
If you have been convicted of a crime before and are not eligible for a program, it is important that you choose an attorney who can put you in the best possible position for reduced charges or a mitigated sentence. I have the experience to do just that.