Shoplifting Defense Attorney
Though many people view retail theft as a minor crime, the fact is a shoplifting charge can cause major disruptions in your life. In Washington, shoplifting is charged under the state’s theft laws usually as theft in the third degree (if the amount is not over $750). But, shoplifting can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the amount of the item(s) alleged taken. Even if you are facing misdemeanor charges, you still face significant legal consequences and other serious problems. For instance, having to disclose a theft conviction on job applications will potentially damage your career prospects.
Even if your situation looks bleak, it is smart to talk to a shoplifting defense lawyer about your options. You may have defenses or options that you may not know of or even considered. There are many defense options, including certain dispositions, like a Stipulated Order of Continuance or a deferred sentence, which can result in eventual dismissal of the theft charge with no conviction record. My name is Phillip L. Weinberg. While based in Bellevue, I defend people in King and Snohomish counties, and in selected cases in remote counties statewide, against all types of theft charges.
Seeking Out The Best Possible Results
Depending on the facts of your case, there may be a number of effective defense strategies in your case. In your free initial consultation with me, I will meet with you one-on-one to learn more about your situation, the facts and to discuss your legal options. I do not always limit my initial consultations to 30 minutes like some of my colleagues, as many cases just cannot be adequately covered in that short amount of time. In certain cases, and depending upon your criminal history, if any, you may be eligible for a diversion program, which focuses on rehabilitation and education, rather than punishment. If you complete the program uneventfully, the charges against you will be dropped.
As your defense lawyer, my first goal will always be to prove your innocence and seek the dismissal of your charges; however, if the prosecution’s case against you is strong, without regard to actual guilt or innocence, I will push hard for your being granted admission to opt into in a diversion program, a move that would eliminate many of the negative consequences you would otherwise face. With more than 26 years’ experience as a criminal defense attorney, I will work closely with you in the strategic pursuit of an outcome that works in your best interests.