Retail theft, also known as shoplifting, is one of the most commonly prosecuted theft crime offenses. A charge brought against people from all walks of life, retail theft allegations can arise for a number of reasons and as the result of numerous misleading circumstances. If you, a family member, or a loved one has recently been charged with retail theft, it is imperative that you understand the severity of these allegations. Although many view shoplifting as an inconsequential offense, or one that may not result in serious punishment, the fact remains that retail theft is a serious criminal offense that poses equally serious criminal penalties. Under § 812.015 of the Florida Statutes, retail theft is defined as any of the following acts:
Retail theft penalties will vary depending on the circumstances involved, particularly the value of the merchandise allegedly stolen and the criminal record of the defendant. For example, multiple convictions can subject defendants to enhanced penalties. Felony charges will also be prosecuted against offenders if the stolen property is valued at $300 or more, and the defendant:
Whatever the particular circumstances may be, the penalties you face can be severe. In addition to fines, possible terms of imprisonment, probation and community service, convictions will also result in a criminal record. Considered a crime of moral turpitude, theft is an offense viewed distastefully by many, including prospective employers, schools, landlords and others who may conduct background checks. For this reason alone, retaining the assistance of a proven West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney who is prepared to fight for your future should be your top priority.
Should you choose to work with the Law Offices of Richard Tendler, you can be confident that we will deliver the attentive support and experienced representation you need to obtain the most successful resolution possible. Having spent years refining the skills and strategies needed to defend against even the most complex theft crime allegations, we are prepared to fully evaluate your case, determine your available legal options and set immediately toward having your charges and/or penalties dismissed or reduced as much as possible.
With a consistent record of success and a commitment to providing client-focused services, my firm is here to help. Are you facing theft charges? You need the best criminal lawyer in West Palm Beach. Contact our firm today to discuss your case.