Bucks County Retail Theft Defense Lawyer
Shoplifting may seem like a victimless, petty crime, but it is not. Often the consequences of pleading guilty or being found guilty of retail theft are punitive and affect your way of life. From permanent records to fines and jail time, the punishments that you can incur after being accused and prosecuted of retail theft can significantly impact your or your loved one's current way of life.
However, there is still hope. Especially if you are a first-time offender or someone who feels they have been wrongly accused, there are still ways to fight back.
Our Bucks County lawyers at the law offices of Velter Yurovsky Zoftis Sokolson, LLC are here to fight for you. We have experience in numerous retail theft cases. We are willing to use that experience to protect you from the harsh realities that would befall you without an appropriate legal defense.
The consequences of retail theft:
Retail theft is not a petty crime to be accused of. Here at Velter Yurovsky Zoftis Sokolson, LLC, we understand these charges' severity and understand the risks they can pose to your longevity and livelihood.
Even if it's your first time being charged with retail theft, pleading guilty could have lifelong consequences. Retail theft, even as a minimum conviction, is still considered a summary offense—a charge placed onto your permanent record and one which your current or future employers can request for you to disclose. This could lead to job loss or prevent you from becoming employed in numerous professions.
The more the item you have been charged with stealing is priced at, and if you have numerous offenses, it can also play a role in how severe the punishments can be. More valuable items, over $150.00, can result in a third-degree misdemeanor, while items such as cars or items over $2000.00 can result in a third-degree felony indictment. If found guilty, you could face a minimum of 90 days in jail, and at most, it is possible you can serve up to seven years in prison.
These are charges you cannot afford to take likely. The dedicated Bucks County Retail Theft Defense Lawyers at Velter Yurovsky Zoftis Sokolson, LLC, has experience with the various degrees and nuances within retail theft laws. We can fight for first-time offenders to receive Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) programs resulting in no criminal record or jail time. It may also be possible that your case was handled inappropriately—perhaps you were detained without probable cause, not read your Miranda rights upon arrest, or there is not enough evidence to warrant your prosecution.
Regardless of how or why you came to be accused of retail theft, you can ensure that your case is handled with the appropriate care and consideration that it deserves to provide you with the best possible defense.
If you or a loved one have been accused of retail theft and would like to speak with an experienced lawyer in Bucks County about options regarding a viable defense, please call the offices of Velter Yurovsky Zoftis Sokolson LLC for a free consultation at (215) 969-3004.
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