One of the most frequently charged and basic types of theft crimes in Florida is shoplifting. Also known as retail theft, this type of offense can carry serious penalties upon conviction and inflict long-lasting damage to a person’s reputation and career. If you have been arrested for shoplifting, it is vital you consult with a hard-hitting shoplifting defense attorney as soon as possible to protect you future.
At the Wiseman Law Firm, our Orlando theft crime lawyers have defended countless clients against accusations of shoplifting and can provide the aggressive advocacy you need to maximize your chances of securing a reduction or dismissal of your charges. Having formerly served as a prosecutor, our founding attorney Simon Wiseman understands the opposition’s strategies and can use his invaluable insight to minimize your chances of conviction.
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The criminal act of shoplifting extends past the simple act of simply taking goods from a retail store without payment. Retail theft can be committed in a variety of ways, including:
Penalties for shoplifting will generally depend on the amount of goods or services a person is accused of stealing, as well as their record of previous offenses. While first-offense shoplifting of merchandise worth less than $100 can carry up to $500 in fines and 60 days in jail, shoplifting property worth more than $300 and less than $20,000 or stealing a firearm can be charged as a second degree felony, carrying up to 15 years in prison and fines up to $10,000. If you have been charged with shoplifting, our attorneys can help you evaluate your situation and fight to minimize the consequences you may face. Depending on the circumstances, we may be able to negotiate for your participation in a pretrial diversion program which can result in your charges being dropped entirely.
Being accused of a crime can be a frightening experience, especially if you have never had a run-in with the law before. At The Wiseman Law Firm, we understand that good people can sometimes find themselves in difficult situations, and we are prepared to stand by your side every step of the way during this difficult time. No case is too small or too large for us to handle, and we are committed to treating you with the respect and dignity you deserve throughout all stages of your case. No matter the severity of the charges you face, we have what it takes to help you level the playing field against the prosecution’s claims.
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