Shoplifting or Retail Theft

Shoplifting Defense Lawyer Represents Clients in Orlando and Across Central Florida

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Orlando Provides Defense Against Shoplifting ChargesShoplifting, or "retail theft", is a very common offense in the state of Florida. Retail theft can be committed in many different ways, including:

  • Changing or removing a price tag
  • Moving a product from one container into anotherone
  • Removing a shopping cart
  • Removing a product from the property of themerchant

Shopping malls and other retail stores are on high alert and take shoplifting offenses very seriously. Even if you have stolen items of relatively insignificant value, you could potentially be arrested, and convicted, for shoplifting. Keep in mind that most establishments today have cameras and the event might have been recorded.

Shoplifting in Florida - Penalties & Consequences

In Florida shoplifting may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony offense depending on the value of property that was allegedly stolen. Florida law defines petit theft (petty theft) as the theft of property valued at $100 or more, but less than $300. Petty theft is a first-degree misdemeanor.

Theft of property valued at $300 or more is grand theft. Grand theft is a felony offense.

If you are convicted of petit theft you will be fingerprinted. This means that your name will be recorded in a national database for employer background searches according to the Florida Fingerprint Requirement. You may also face restitution, fines and even drivers license suspension.

Moreover, many colleges ask about criminal convictions and many professional licensing boards take them very seriously. A conviction could impact future educational, housing, and employment opportunities. For this reason, if you are charged with shoplifting in Orlando or everywhere in Central Florida, it is critical that you speak with a Central Florida defense attorney who can analyze your case and work with you to minimize the impact to you future.

Defense Strategies and Options for Shoplifting Charges

We will begin with a thorough review of your case. We will ask key questions that can make a difference in the outcome of your case:

  • Does the prosecution have a good shoplifting case? Does the prosecution have video surveillance footage that could be used against you at court? Did you make a full confession or make statements of an incriminating nature?
  • Did a store security guard catch you in the act of theft? Were you apprehended outside of the store, or were you merely walking toward an exit? Did you conceal property in your clothing, a purse or shopping bag with the intent to commit theft?
  • Do you have an explanation for your behavior that demonstrates that you had no intent to commit theft? Simply being forgetful is not a criminal offense. You must have intended to commit theft.
  • Did the police violate your constitutional rights?

While we investigate the facts of your case, we will keep the lines of communication open with the prosecution to determine if your case can be resolved in a favorable manner without the necessity of trial. If this is your first offense and you are charged with petty theft, we may be able to help you avoid a criminal conviction. Even if you are facing felony charges or have prior convictions, there are many ways that we can make a positive difference in your case.

If it is in your best interests to take your case to court, N. Ryan LaBar is a skilled criminal defense attorney who will aggressively fight your charges at trial and seek an acquittal on your behalf.

Florida Statutes – Retail Theft

For more information on retail theft or shoplifting under Florida criminal law review the Florida Statute 812.015.

Experienced Orlando Shoplifting Defense Attorneys

If you or someone you care about has been charged with shoplifting anywhere in Central Florida contact us for a free consultation. You can be confident People that your case will be handled with a high degree of competence and care. We have handled thousands of criminal cases and would be honored to providing the vigorous defense you need.

Call us today at 1-866-680-4LAW or fill out our online form located at the top of the page and one of our highly experienced Central Florida shoplifting defense attorneys will contact you shortly. We respond to after-hours messages promptly. Evening or weekend appointments are available upon request. We respect your privacy and will keep all your information confidential.

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