Washington Criminal Lawyer, Jason S. Newcombe
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Shoplifting, or retail theft, may seem relatively minor, but is in fact a serious crime with potentially significant penalties. If you or a loved one has been arrested for shoplifting, it is essential that you protect your interests by immediately contacting Washington criminal attorney Jason S. Newcombe.
For over 30 years, we have helped reduce shoplifting charges and penalties on behalf of clients. Our criminal defense firm can properly evaluate your shoplifting case, and inform you of the potential defenses.
The penalties for shoplifting come down to the value of the goods stolen. If the value total is under $750, this is third degree theft, a “gross misdemeanor,“ carrying with it up to one year in jail and up to $5,000 in fines.
If the total value is between $750 and $5,000, it is considered second degree theft, a class C felony, with penalties of up to 5 years imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines.
If the stolen value is over $5,000, this is 1st degree theft, a class B felony, bringing up to 10 years imprisonment and up to $20,000 in fines. Additionally, an individual convicted of shoplifting may be required to pay civil damages to the owner of the retail outfit.
Prosecutors can be ruthless in trying to increase the severity of charges against those accused of shoplifting. A knowledgeable attorney can counter these tactics and help you avoid a conviction.
We understand this may be an embarrassing and stressful time for you. We are tough advocates for those charged with shoplifting, and we can help give you the best shot at successful results for your case.
Contact one of our Washington shoplifting attorneys if you were charged with shoplifting, or retail theft, and seek proven legal defense.
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