Most individuals who have been charged with any of the crimes commonly called “shoplifting” or “theft” are hard-working individuals who do not deserve to have such an offense on their permanent record. Petty Theft is theft of property valued at $950 or less. Depending on the prior offense record, and individual can be charged with misdemeanor (at first offense) or felony (at second or consequent offenses). Grand Theft is theft of property valued at $951 or more. It may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony.
Finding and hiring an experienced criminal law attorney can lead to dismissal of such charges or lower conviction. Even if the evidence presented by the law enforcement is sold and implicates the defendant in the crime committed, the attorney can negotiate the dismissal of the case or a substantially lower the level of conviction.
In addition, it takes an experienced attorney to examine all the evidence. Most often the evidence presented is weak or even not admissible in court. A detailed examination of the case, circumstances and all the evidence can be crucial to the outcome of your case.