Shoplifting Defense Lawyer

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One of the most commonly charged and basic types of theft crimes in Virginia is shoplifting. Also legally known as retail theft, shoplifting is the crime of taking possession of property, altering price tags, or transferring goods from one container or another with the intention to defraud the rightful owner or take them without payment. If you have been accused of shoplifting, you need a powerful attorney on your side to protect your reputation and future against serious consequences.

Why trust our firm to handle your case?

  • More than 30 years of proven legal experience
  • Extensive track record of case victories
  • Board Certified in Criminal Defense law
  • Available 24/7 to discuss your case

Arrested? Contact our office today to get started towards building your defense.

Shoplifting Penalties in Virginia

Shoplifting is charged as a form of larceny in Virginia, with penalties varying in severity depending on the value of goods allegedly stolen. Taking goods valued at less than $200 is considered Class 1 misdemeanor petite larceny, carrying up to 12 months in jail and fines up to $2,500. Taking more than $200 worth of goods escalates these charges to felony grand larceny, carrying anywhere from 1 to 20 years in jail upon conviction. In addition, merchants may sue shoplifters in civil court to recover damages up to two times the retail value of the stolen merchandise.

With that being said, some counties in Virginia offer diversion programs to individuals accused of first-time shoplifting as an alternative to traditional prosecution. If the accused person should comply with the program requirements, their charges will be dropped. This is not guaranteed, however, making it crucial for you to consult with a skilled attorney to determine your legal options in full.

You Are Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Although our country’s legal system may be founded on the principle that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty, shoplifting charges may sometimes introduce doubts in the minds of juries and prosecutors involved in your case, putting you at a disadvantage from the beginning. We understand what you are going through and can provide the powerful advocacy you need to level the playing field on your behalf.

No matter how seemingly minor or serious your situation may appear to be, our firm is prepared to do everything within its power to protect your rights and minimize the consequences you face.

Do not take any chances with your future. Complete an online form today to schedule a free case review with a Virginia Beach criminal defense lawyer from our firm.


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