Did you know if you are convicted of shoplifting, your future can be negatively hindered? Things such as employment opportunities, professional licenses, loan applications, and housing applications can be denied due to a shoplifting charge on your record. While shoplifting may not seem like a major crime, it considered a form of larceny and is harshly punished in the State of Connecticut. At Carlson & Dumeer, LLC, our Hartford theft crime attorneys are aware of the negative consequences you are facing if you are charged with shoplifting, which is why we can go above and beyond to ensure your charges are either minimized or dropped. We are compassionate when dealing with you and your situation, but are aggressive in court, when necessary, as it is our goal to protect your rights.
Depending on the value of the item or items you shoplifted from a store, you may be facing harsh penalties and charges. Shoplifting can be considered petty or grand theft and if an item you stole is valued at more than $400, you may be facing misdemeanor or felony charges. This can result in up to one year in prison and incredibly high fines.
Shoplifting is considered to be any of the following:
Merchants of stolen items can sue you in a civil court to recover the value of the items you stole, as well as monetary damages.
You could be sued by the owner of the stolen merchandise for any of the following:
Do not handle your shoplifting charges alone—hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Hartford to ensure your rights are protected at all times.
If you or a loved one has been charged with shoplifting in the Hartford, Connecticut area, contact Carlson & Dumeer, LLC today. We can help lessen or eradicate your charges, or, if necessary, establish a plea bargain or enroll you in a pretrial diversion program. The pretrial diversion program is for individuals who are accused of non-serious crimes and are placed under probation for up to two years. If you successfully complete all program requirements, your charges can be dropped.
To learn more about how we can help you, please contact one of our Hartford criminal defense lawyers at our firm today!