Retail theft and theft by deception may all seem like “minor” crimes. They are not; they have the potential for jail time and fines. Worse yet, a conviction will appear on your record any time someone does a background check.
At Bentley, Gibson, Kopecki, Smith, P.C. we understand the impact that even a misdemeanor conviction can have on your life. We offer aggressive representation and compassionate legal counsel.
Early Intervention Is Key
If we are brought in early, we can be with you for interviews with the police or the prosecution. We may be able to mitigate some of the damage by negotiating the charges against you before they are entered. The faster you have an attorney by your side, the lower the chance of serious short- and long-term consequences in your case.
We can defend you against charges involving:
- Retail theft/shoplifting
- Theft by deception
Retail theft can result in your permanent expulsion from the store or store chain in which the theft occurred. Switching price tags, thus changing the amount stolen, can affect the grading of the sentence in retail theft cases. Theft by deception can occur when returning an item not previously paid for. Being present with another person who commits retail theft can result in charges against you as well. Retail theft can become a robbery if there is a scuffle with a store employee or if a threat is made.
With sentencing, there is potential jail time and a third retail theft conviction may be charged as a felony. Not only does this mean the possibility of more time in prison and greater fines, but it also means you may forfeit your right to own a gun and your record may be permanent. These are not minor crimes by any means; it is serious business.
Preventing Small Mistakes From Having Big Consequences
Our attorneys will explain all of your options and they will be honest about the charges you are facing and what your best options may be. We are experienced trial lawyers and will work diligently to obtain the best possible outcome in your case.
Contact Our Experienced Attorneys
Call us at (610) 685-8000 or contact us online to schedule your free 30-minute initial consultation. Let our attorneys use their experience to help defend your rights.