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Downey Shoplifting Lawyer

Defending Against Shoplifting Accusations in California

If you or someone you know is facing shoplifting charges in California, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and provide effective legal representation. At the Law Offices of Ronald M. Hall, we are committed to defending your interests and ensuring the best possible outcome for your case. Our Downey shoplifting lawyers are well-versed in California's complex legal system, and we are here to guide you through the legal process.

Call the Law Offices of Ronald M. Hall today at (562) 268-5522 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our shoplifting attorney in Downey.

What is Shoplifting?

Shoplifting is a common but serious criminal offense in California. It involves taking or concealing merchandise from a retail establishment without the intention to pay for it. Shoplifting can take various forms, including:

  • Concealment: Hiding items on your person, in a bag, or under clothing with the intent to leave the store without paying for them.
  • Switching Price Tags: Altering or switching price tags to pay less for an item than its actual price.
  • Under-Ringing: Manipulating the cash register or self-checkout system to pay less than the correct price for an item.
  • Walking out without Paying: Leaving a store with merchandise without paying for it.
  • Shoplifting Devices: Possessing or using tools or devices designed for shoplifting, such as foil-lined bags or magnetic detachers.

Shoplifting can occur in various settings, including department stores, supermarkets, boutiques, and even online retailers. Regardless of where the offense takes place, it is treated as a criminal act under California law, and the consequences can be severe.

What are the Penalties for Shoplifting in California?

The penalties for shoplifting in California differ depending on the value of the stolen items and your criminal history. Common penalties include:

  • Infraction: The punishment typically involves a fine and, in some cases, a shoplifting education program.
  • Misdemeanor: Penalties for a misdemeanor shoplifting conviction may include fines, probation, community service, and potential jail time, especially if you have prior theft-related convictions.
  • Felony: Felony convictions carry more severe penalties, including substantial fines and possible prison time.
  • Civil Penalties: In addition to criminal penalties, shoplifters may also face civil penalties. Store owners may demand compensation for the stolen goods, damages, and attorney's fees, which can significantly increase the financial consequences of shoplifting.

Defenses Against Shoplifting Charges

Some common defenses against shoplifting charges may include:

  • Lack of Intent: Shoplifting requires the intent to steal. If it can be proven that you had no intention to steal or that you accidentally left the store with unpaid items, this can be a valid defense.
  • Mistaken Identity: In some cases, eyewitnesses may misidentify individuals involved in shoplifting incidents. We can investigate the evidence and testimonies to protect your rights.
  • Coercion or Duress: If you were forced or threatened into shoplifting against your will, this may be a valid defense.
  • Illegal Search and Seizure: If evidence was obtained unlawfully, such as through an illegal search or seizure, it may be inadmissible in court.
  • Store's Actions: Sometimes, the actions of store personnel may be questionable, such as excessive use of force during apprehension. We can scrutinize these actions and any potential rights violations.

Contact Our Shoplifting Attorney in Downey Today

The repercussions of a shoplifting conviction can be severe, affecting your future and reputation. At the Law Offices of Ronald M. Hal, our Downey shoplifting lawyers are committed to providing aggressive legal representation and protecting your rights. We will work tirelessly to build a strong defense and seek the best possible outcome for your case. Your future is important to us, and we are here to help you every step of the way.

Contact the Law Offices of Ronald M. Hall today to get started with our Downey shoplifting lawyer.

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