Charged with Shoplifting in Murrieta?
Have you been charged with shoplifting? Shoplifting is a theft crime and
is one of the most commonly prosecuted crimes in the state of California.
Shoplifting involves the unlawful taking of someone else's property
and is always charged as misdemeanor. If you are proven guilty of a shoplifting
charge, you could be facing up to six months in jail and fines up to $1,000.
If the amount stolen was less than $50, you may be charged with an infraction
and be fine up to $250.
Shoplifting charges are never an easy thing to face, and you should know
that you do not have to face them alone. A confident and experienced criminal
defense attorney can greatly help your case. If you have been charged,
you should know that you still have rights!
Qualified Defense Attorney for Petty Theft
There are a variety of reasons people shoplift. Sometimes it is because
they cannot afford the item up front, or just for the thrill of stealing
something. Other times, it is simply a matter of making a mistake and
using poor judgment. Perhaps you put the book into your bag as you were
shopping and walked out forgetting to pay? Absent-mindedness sometimes
plays a big role in shoplifting cases. There are times when people are
accused of shoplifting an item that they already own, but perhaps was
sold in the store that they were in. In some unfortunate events, the defendant
could have been framed.
There are plenty of defenses for petty
theft. Just because you are being accused of stealing something, does not mean
that you should face all the harshness and cruelty that the criminal justice
system can provide. You do not need to face this time alone. It is always
important to consult a criminal defense attorney, no matter how small
the amount was that was allegedly stolen.
A Murrieta theft crime lawyer can review surveillance, gather witness information
and provide legal counsel to best assist you in gaining the most optimum
outcome for your case. At the
Law Office of Nic Cocis & Associates we work diligently to help you protect your future from the effects of
these charges, whether a mistake was made on your part or not. Our office
is conveniently located near the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta,
California. Since 1999, we have helped countless individuals from the
cities of Murrieta, Temecula, Menifee, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Hemet,
Perris, Banning, Corona and Riverside. We can help you too!