Ventura Shoplifting Defense Attorney
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Shoplifting is a serious
theft crime in Southern California that is associated with criminal penalties, such
as jail time and fees. Furthermore, on top of criminal penalties, shoplifters
also face civil lawsuits by victimized merchants to recover damages.
If you were recently arrested and charged with shoplifting in Ventura County,
The Law Offices of Jarrod M. Wilfert is ready to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom. With more than
a decade of experience, our
Ventura criminal defense lawyer has successfully handled hundreds of cases and has a comprehensive understanding
of police procedures and investigations.
In California, shoplifting is considered as theft, which means the act
of stealing, carrying away, or otherwise appropriating another person’s
property, with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of that property.
Theft is divided into two basic categories – petty theft and grand
theft – according to the dollar amount of goods stolen.
The following are penalties for shoplifting based on the dollar value:
Less than $50 with no prior convictions (petty theft)
More than $50, but less than $950 (petty theft)
- Maximum jail sentence of six months
- Fine between $50 and $1,000
$950 or greater or theft of a firearm (grand theft)
- Maximum prison sentence of one year
- Jail time for 16 months, two years, or three years if the charge was based
on stealing a firearm
In addition to criminal penalties, an adult or emancipated minor shoplifter
can be held civilly liable to the owner of the merchandise if damages
of at least $50 but not more than $500 occurred. Or, if the retail value
of the merchandise stolen, if it is not recovered in a condition that
is deemed sellable.
Let Our Ventura Criminal Defense Attorney Start Your Case Today
In order to obtain the most favorable outcome possible in a shoplifting
case, it is imperative to obtain legal representation from an experienced
and reliable lawyer. Do not hesitate to reach out to our firm in order
start building your defense strategy right away.
Contact us and request a
free case evaluation.