West Palm Beach SHOPLIFTING LAWYERS
Shoplifting may be commonly thought of as a relatively minor offense, so it is important to remember that taking something from a store without paying or permission is theft under Florida law and will be prosecuted just like any other theft. Therefore, the penalties for shoplifting depend on the value of the stolen goods.
PENALTIES FOR SHOPLIFTING CRIMES
Shoplifting can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the value of what was taken.
Penalties for shoplifting can include:
- Second-degree misdemeanor for stolen goods worth less than $100, punishable by upto 60 days in jail and up to $500 in fines.
- First-degree misdemeanor for stolen goods valued between $100 and $300, punishable by up to 364 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines, and for stolen goods of any value on a second or subsequent charge for petit theft.
- Third-degree felony offense for stealing goods valued between $300 and $20,000, punishable by up to 5 years in state prison.
The experienced attorneys of Prestia Holtz P.A. may be able to negotiate with the government where you could be enrolled in a pretrial diversion program as an alternative to fighting your case. If you are eligible for a diversion program and complete all of the negotiated conditions, the government will drop its case against you. It is important to immediately contact us as soon as possible, as these types of negotiations typically must occur prior to arraignment.
LOOK TO PRESTIA HOLTZ P.A. FOR SHOPLIFITNG DEFENSE
From surveillance images to statements given in the heat of the moment, to overeager store employees out for blood, shoplifting cases can be difficult to defend. For this reason, it’s much to your advantage to have a former prosecutor, who knows the ins and outs of how the state is going to proceed against you, on your side defending you. At Prestia Holtz P.A., our criminal defense attorneys worked on the other side, prosecuting hundreds of shoplifting cases. If you have been charged in West Palm Beach with shoplifting, call Prestia Holtz P.A. immediately to get started on your defense.
A shoplifting conviction can ruin your record, reputation, or future. Let Prestia Holtz PA fight to get your charges dropped or reduced so you can quickly move on with your life.
Call the West Plm Beach criminal defense attorneys at Prestaia Holtz PA today for a free consultation.