Theft And Shoplifting Charges Can Threaten Your Future
Shoplifting is sometimes thought to be a ‘minor’ or less serious crime. The difficulty for those convicted is to later explain why they have a criminal conviction to employers or landlords. Whether committed due to peer pressure, the thought that it is victimless or because you picked something up and failed to pay for it, the consequences can be significant. If stopped and arrested, you may be frightened and confused. Our attorney at Corder Law, PLLC, can help you understand your options and may be able to help you minimize the threat such charges pose.
A Criminal Record
If you are arrested and convicted for shoplifting in Virginia, you will have a permanent criminal record. Even if it was only a misdemeanor, it can be more than a youthful embarrassment. A criminal record can lead to a variety of negative consequences, from a rejection on a job application to a refusal to rent a room.
Because of the significant long-term ramifications that can follow a conviction for larceny or theft, you need the guidance of an experienced attorney who can help you determine how to best deal with shoplifting charges. For students from the colleges in the Harrisonburg area, there is also the risk of university disciplinary proceedings.
The penalties for shoplifting depend on the value of goods taken. Under $200, it is a misdemeanor and known as petit larceny. You could be sentenced up to a year in jail and fined $2,500. If it is grand larceny, it is a felony and you could face a much as 20 years. With such a life-changing threat, you want the advice of our attorney, who will work to reduce the charges and minimize the consequences.
Contact Our Firm
Speak with our lawyer as soon as possible after an arrest for shoplifting or other theft charges and let us represent and protect your interests. Give us a call today at 540-808-4232 or use our online form.