Miami Shoplifting Lawyer for Shoplifting Charges

Our law firm routinely represents clients accused of shoplifting (also known as “retail theft”) in Miami and other counties. Surprisingly enough, our typical client of a shoplifting attorney is a professional with no prior contact with the criminal justice system. Although false arrests do occur (and are defended aggressively by our shoplifting defense attorneys), most shoplifting clients attempted to shoplift when loss prevention officers detained them. The client cannot explain their actions and is deeply ashamed and embarrassed. Our Miami shoplifting lawyers strive to minimize the effects and ramifications of charges or fines for shoplifting to allow our clients to put the case behind them and move on with their professional and personal lives.

Hire An Attorney for a Shoplifting Charge

Shoplifting offenses in Florida are prosecuted under general theft crimes laws and a specific retail theft law, Florida Statute 812.015, which applies to issues arising in cases where people face shoplifting charges. When someone is caught shoplifting in Miami—or anywhere in Florida for that matter—they are charged with either petit or grand theft under Florida Statute 812.014. One of the first things a shoplifting defense attorney will want to know is the value of the merchandise allegedly stolen because there are various charges and fines for shoplifting depending on the degree of importance. If the value of the alleged stolen merchandise is less than $100 in value, the defendant is charged with petit theft in the second degree, a second-degree misdemeanor. If the merchandise value is between $100 and $750, the defendant is charged with petit larceny in the first degree, a first-degree misdemeanor. If the alleged amount is $750 or more significant than but less than $20,000, the appropriate charge is grand theft in the third degree, a third-degree felony.

Possible Punishments or Fines for Shoplifting

The punishments below are maximum punishments (It is improbable that you would receive the maximum—much less be convicted of shoplifting—if you hire a competent a shoplifting defense lawyer):

  • Petit Theft in the Second Degree (less than $100) – punishable by a maximum of 60 days in jail.
  • Petit Theft in the First Degree ($100 or more but less than $750) – punishable by a maximum of 364 days in the county jail.
  • Grand Theft in the Third Degree ($750 or more but less than $20,000) – punishable by a maximum of 5 years in state prison.

In addition to a possible jail sentence, a person convicted of shoplifting can have their driver’s license suspended for up to six months on a first conviction and up to one year on a second shoplifting conviction.

Contact an Experienced Miami Shoplifting Defense Attorney

Suppose you or someone you love has been arrested or charged with shoplifting or retail theft in Miami-Dade County, Broward County, or Palm Beach County. In that case, it is critical to consult with an experienced shoplifting defense attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected. You need the counsel of one of our experienced shoplifting lawyers to guide you through the process and maximize your chances of resolving your case with a favorable outcome.

Over the years, we have represented hundreds of clients in shoplifting cases in Miami, Broward, and Palm Beach. There is a good chance that we have dealt with your type of case and have represented clients who shared similar needs and concerns. Browse our criminal defense results for a representative sample of our previous cases and the results we have achieved for our clients.

By taking the immediate action of hiring a shoplifting lawyer to defend yourself, you are minimizing the chances that your shoplifting case will have lasting consequences for your career, personal life, and reputation.

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