Retail theft, generally called shoplifting, is the unlawful taking of property from a retail establishment. Although it is usually charged as a misdemeanor if the value is small and it is a first offense, pleading guilty can still leave you with a criminal record, time in jail and fines. A subsequent theft crime offense can be charged as a felony and result in a significant prison sentence even though it may be considered petty theft.
It is important that you understand all of the consequences to your future of accepting a prosecutor's offer. Consult an Orlando theft crime attorney who will carefully explain the repercussions of accepting what may only sound like a good deal so you can make an informed decision.
Shoplifting is also a common juvenile crime which requires zealous defense in order to protect a minor's future. At the law firm of Ali & Blankner, we are all former prosecutors and with more than 50 years combined experience in plea negotiations and in fighting for our client's rights at trial. We have handled thousands of cases just like yours. As former prosecutors we understand how a prosecutor prepares a criminal case. A shoplifting defense lawyer at our firm identifies and makes the most of the weaknesses in the prosecution's case to minimize penalties, to get charges reduced or obtain a dismissal.
As trial lawyers we will aggressively fight to obtain the best outcome for you. We use our extensive legal experience to the best advantage throughout plea negotiations, in the courtroom defending your case and in appealing an unfavorable verdict. We offer flexible payment plans and will work with you and your financial circumstances. Visit our Firm Overview page to better understand how we will aggressively fight in your case. Learn how a criminal defense lawyer at our firm can help you in a free initial consultation.