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Los Angeles Shoplifting Defense Attorney

Petty Theft Charges in Los Angeles

When an individual is accused of taking an item without paying for it, or taking another person's property in theft and the value of the item is under $400, the defendant is looking at a misdemeanor charge. However, if the individual accused of the crime has earlier convictions on record, they may face felony charges even in a low value theft offense. When accused of this crime, it is vital that you retain a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights and fight to defend you in court. Each case has individual circumstances surrounding the arrest and the accusation of theft, and must be fully reviewed to determine what defense strategy will be employed. At Tyler & Wilson LLP, the legal team has extensive experience in defending petty theft cases and can advise you how the attorney will proceed with the defense of the case.

Charged with Petty Theft or Shoplifting in Los Angeles?

There have been countless cases in which an individual walked out of a commercial enterprise with an item that had not been paid for purely in error. Distractions, forgetfulness and other factors could lead to this error. When a store detective notices the action, they usually accost the person and take them to a back room where they will await law enforcement. This can be a shocking experience for those who have taken an item in error. It is crucial that you contact an attorney from the firm at once if you have been charged with this offense, and if fast action is taken, it can be possible to avoid the criminal charges that will likely ensue if the police arrive.

Even if the charge is a misdemeanor offense, it can be a problem for the individual who is seeking a job, as a background check will reveal a conviction on a petty theft or shoplifting charge. Many employers would hesitate to hire an individual that they considered could be a financial risk or who may steal from the company. Fighting to defend such cases is important and the defense should begin as soon after the incident as possible. Calling the legal team at the firm at once is the best decision in any such case.

Contact a Los Angeles petty theft defense lawyer without delay if you are being accused of shoplifting or petty theft.

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