Shoplifting and Petty Theft Crimes
Boston Criminal Attorney for Retail Theft Crimes
Shoplifting is a common theft crime that typically involves taking a small amount of merchandise from a retail store. Shoplifting is most often classified as petty theft because the value of merchandise involved is generally low (under $250). However, taking an item or items valued at $250 or more may result in grand theft charges.
In Boston, shoplifting is a misdemeanor offense that may be punishable by up to 1 year in county jail and a fine of up to $300. If charged as grand theft, however, a defendant may face up to 5 years in state prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
If you were arrested for shoplifting and are looking for an experienced Boston criminal attorney, you have come to the right place. Thomas A. Brant is highly experienced and is dedicated to pursuing the best possible case results on his clients' behalf. With his level of legal knowledge and the resources the firm has to investigate your charges and build a compelling defense on your behalf, you will have the greatest opportunity of avoiding a criminal conviction for shoplifting.
Consequences of a Shoplifting Conviction
In addition to imprisonment and fines, a person convicted of shoplifting in Massachusetts may face the pressure of dealing with a criminal record. This may permanently affect one's reputation as well as employment, financial and housing opportunities. A past criminal conviction may also affect future penalties or criminal cases one may face.
Do you want to learn more about how you can challenge your Boston shoplifting charges? Discussing your particular options with a criminal defense lawyer is where you can start.
Contact our firm today for a free initial consultation regarding your petty theft/shoplifting charges.