Top Shoplifting Defense Lawyer
Accused of Shoplifting? We can help, we are experienced
criminal defense attorneys who have been representing good
people who have exercised bad judgment or have simply been
wrongfully accused of stealing. We know that many times loss
prevention officers jump to conclusions. In other cases our clients
simply make a mistake. In either case an aggressive Shoplifting
Defense Attorney can help.
Contact the Lawyer today, toll free 1-877-212-2090
For those facing a Court date for the crime of shoplifting, there
exists many questions. What will the Judge do to me? Will I go to
Jail? Will my Employer find out about my arrest? What are the
long term consequences of a shoplifting on my criminal record?
Will the crime have adverse impact on my immigration or
citizenship? These are but a few of among a litany of other
concerns and worries that go through the mind of a person looking
at a charge of shoplifting in the Long Beach, Los Angeles area.
The crime of shoplifting is codified in Penal Code section 484 and
PC 490.1. These criminal statutes define the elements of the
offense and essentially require that the District Attorney prove that
the accused picked up an item, concealed it and removed it from
the rightful owner with the intent to permanently deprive said owner
of the property.
Many lay persons mistakenly believe that the law requires the
accused to actually take the item outside the store, this is untrue.
In fact, California law only requires that the prosecution prove that
the person arrested moved the item, however slight, at a time when
he or she intended to steal it. The proof necessary to convict an
individual of theft or larceny can be established by using
circumstantial evidence. What is circumstantial evidence? It is
when you take one fact and can reasonably infer a conclusion
therefrom. Here is an example: If you look outside your window in
the morning and the entire yard and street are wet, you can draw
an inference from that fact that it rained, even though you never
actually saw it rain. Similarly, if a witness sees a person take a
item and stuff it into their purse, concealing it from public view, then
walk towards an exit, it can be inferred that the person "intended: to
deprive the owner of that property. Shoplifting Law 101.
So where do you go from here? A Long Beach Shoplifting Defense
Lawyer can get into Court for you and work to get the charges
dropped. As local attorneys we know the prosecutors and we know
what motivates them. It is the job of a criminal defense attorney to
find a legal defense that will give the client's case leverage to get a
reduction or a dismissal. This can be accomplished by finding
deficiencies in the state's evidence, uncovering mistakes in the
investigation, and exposing violations of state law, protocol, and
If you or a loved one has been charged with shoplifting in the Long
Beach, Los Angeles area, contact the attorneys that understand
the consequences a conviction will have on a person's future. Our
Law Firm offers a confidential review of your case and a discreet
explanation of your rights and options.
Call the Shoplifting Defense Attorney, toll free 1-877-212-2090
Our skilled defense lawyers boast some of the highest success
rates on theft related charges in the county. We understand the
stress and worry that a criminal case can bring and strive to resolve
your case quickly and favorably so that you can move on with your
Aggressive defense of all cases in Long Beach, Los Angeles
County, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes,
Torrance, San Pedro, Harbor City, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach,
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