Riverside Shoplifting Defense Attorney
Shoplifting Defense Lawyers in Southern California
Shoplifting is commonly considered a crime teens commit, but the National
Council on Crime Prevention estimates that 75 percent of all shoplifters
are adults. People of all ages, genders, ethnicities, and socioeconomic
groups help themselves to the "five finger discount" at retail
stores. Most are individuals, but some are involved in organized rings
of professional shoplifters.
If you or a member of your family has been arrested for shoplifting, it's
important to speak to a Riverside criminal defense lawyer. Contact Blumenthal
Law Offices for effective defense against all types of shoplifting, petty
larceny, and theft charges.
Petty Theft: Shoplifting merchandise worth $400 or less is a misdemeanor, punishable
by up to six months in jail, $400 in fines or both. In many cases, our
lawyers can see that our clients get probation instead of jail time.
Grand Theft: Shoplifting becomes more serious if the value of the items stolen is above
$400. It can be charged as grand theft, a misdemeanor or felony, punishable
by up to 16 months in prison.
Prior Record: If you have a previous conviction on your record for petty theft, grand
theft, robbery, burglary, or carjacking, and are arrested for shoplifting,
you can be sentenced to a year in county jail regardless of the value
of the item taken. If you have two prior strikes on your record, shoplifting
a pack of gum or a magazine might be enough trigger the three strikes
rule, which would send you to prison for 25 years to life.
If you've got a clean record, we can help you keep it that way. If
you already have a record, it is extremely important to avoid additional