Shoplifting - Shoplifting
Theft Crimes Lawyer Serving Connecticut Residents
Did you know if you are convicted of shoplifting, your future can be dramatically hindered? Things such as employment opportunities, professional licenses, loan applications, and housing applications can be denied due to a shoplifting charge on your record. While shoplifting may not seem like a major crime, it is considered a form of larceny and is harshly punished in the State of Connecticut.
At Dolan Law Firm, our Connecticut theft crime attorney is aware of the negative consequences you are facing if you are charged with shoplifting, which is why we go above and beyond to ensure your charges are either minimized or dropped. We are compassionate when dealing with you and your situation, but are aggressive in court, as it is our goal to protect your rights.
Further Information Regarding Shoplifting
Depending on the value of the item or items you shoplifted from a store, you may be facing harsh penalties and charges. Shoplifting can be considered petty or grand theft and if an item you stole is valued at more than $400, you may be facing misdemeanor or felony charges. This can result in up to one year in prison and incredibly high fines.
Shoplifting is considered to be any of the following:
- Stealing items from a store
- Switching labels on items to obtain a better price
- Taking something from a store without paying for it
Merchants of stolen items can sue you in a civil court to recover the value of the items you stole, as well as monetary damages.
You could be sued by the owner of the stolen merchandise for any of the following:
- Attorney fees
- The retail value of the merchandise that was damaged
- Punitive damages up to $300
- Cost of the lawsuit
Do not handle your shoplifting charges alone — hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Connecticut to ensure your rights are protected at all times.
Aggressive Connecticut Criminal Defense
If you or a loved one has been charged with shoplifting in Connecticut, contact Michael Dolan at Dolan Law Firm today. We can help lessen or eradicate your charges, or, if necessary, establish a plea bargain or enroll you in a pretrial diversion program. The pretrial diversion program is for individuals who are accused of non-serious crimes and are placed under probation for up to two years. If you successfully complete all program requirements, your charges can be dropped.