Shoplifting Defense Attorneys in Augusta, Georgia
While shoplifting is not the most serious offense on the books, its penalties can have repercussions that seriously affect an individual's ability to achieve success later in life. At Claridge Law Firm, our lawyers work closely with defendants and their families to provide a strong defense — seeking to minimize penalties or having charges dropped completely.
If you or your child received charges for shoplifting, remember: you have the right to put up a defense. You can discuss your options during a free initial consultation at Claridge Law Firm. Call 706-722-7798 or contact our offices online any time.
Reducing Penalties for Shoplifting
Depending on your specific circumstances, we may be able to help you keep shoplifting charges from going on your permanent record. If the property you are accused of attempting to steal is worth more than a certain amount, you can be charged with felony shoplifting. Felony shoplifting charges can result in prison time, so you should do everything possible to fight those charges.
If you are being charged with misdemeanor shoplifting, you could potentially go to jail for up to one year, but you will most likely be punished with a fine and community service. Your lawyer has much room to negotiate a lighter sentence. Often, the court will allow for certain interventions which can potentially allow the charges to be dropped entirely.
Representation for Juveniles
If you are under the age of 18, your record will be sealed on the day you turn 18 and your shoplifting charges will not interfere with any attempts to find a job or attend college after that time.
However, until then, your charges may interfere with college applications, student loan applications and your ability to participate in extra-curricular activities at school. Attorneys at Claridge Law Firm have much experience working with juveniles and their parents to fight charges for juvenile crimes.
If you would like to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss shoplifting or theft charges with a lawyer at our firm, call us today at 706-722-7798 or contact our offices online.