Powerful Defense for Shoplifting Charges in Southern California
Shoplifting is a general, umbrella term used by many to define a crime of theft that involves the unlawful taking of a piece of merchandise or goods from an entity, such as a retail store. Petty theft, on the other hand, is defined in Penal Code 484 and 488 as a criminal offense that involves the unlawful taking of goods, money, or other stolen property valued at less than $950.
This theft crime is generally charged as a misdemeanor for the first offense, but may be considered a felony depending upon the alleged perpetrator’s priors. Shoplifting can also be considered
grand theft when a person steals goods valued at more than $950.
Why do I need a criminal defense attorney?
If you have been accused of shoplifting in San Diego, this law firm strongly urges you to speak with an attorney about the allegations that have been made. With many occurrences of theft always on the rise, many store owners are pushing for harsh penalties for shoplifting and other theft crime charges. When a person faces these charges, the store owner and the prosecutor may work together to prove the defendant’s guilt.
Unfortunately, many of these prosecutors are successful because innocent individuals believe that they do not need the assistance of a shoplifting attorney in San Diego. The truth of the matter is that even if the product fell into your bag by accident or the charges stem from a misunderstanding, you need an experienced San Diego criminal defense attorney.
At The Law Office of Marc S. Kohnen, the founding attorney has extensive experience and a background in handling all types of criminal charges. Attorney Kohnen understands how difficult this type of situation may be and will be pushing for the best defense strategy for your case.
No matter what category of theft you have been charged with after being accused of shoplifting, this law firm is prepared to help. Contact The Law Office of Marc S. Kohnen today to discuss your defense options!