Hire Larceny and Shoplifting Charges Defense Attorney
In Massachusetts, shoplifting occurs when someone takes an item they didn’t pay for. This can include switching a price tag, eating food while shopping, or even stealing a shopping cart. Shoplifting can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the value of the item(s) and the criminal history of the person facing these charges. If you or someone you know are facing larceny or shoplifting charges, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney from Finbury & Sullivan, P.C. to represent you.
Penalties Associated with Larceny and Shoplifting
If you shoplift items less than $100, a fine of $250 is implemented for the first offense ($500 for the second). Once you cross that threshold, shoplifting charges get more serious, with more substantial fines and potential jail time of up to 2 ½ years. If the value of the stolen items is over $100, you can face larceny charges as well.
If you’ve been charged with shoplifting in or around Haverhill, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney from our law office to represent you. We have experience working with the prosecutor to get charges reduced or dismissed.
Shoplifting as a Felony
A felony larceny charge means that you shoplifted goods that valued over $250 ($250 or less is misdemeanor larceny). However, the value of the goods must be proven. This can be done through surveillance videos, receipts, or other business records. While it’s common for many to plead guilty to shoplifting, it’s important to note that if you are charged one time, you face harsher penalties in the future. This makes it that much more important to hire a larceny and shoplifting charges defense attorney, to advise you on the best decision for your case.
Defending Shoplifting Charges
An experienced criminal defense attorney from Finbury & Sullivan, P.C. can work to discover evidence that helps your case, suppress negative evidence, and/or challenge the value of the item(s) to get a lessened charge. Our experience can increase your chances of getting a positive outcome, so don’t wait. Call our Massachusetts law office at (978) 374-4736 and schedule your free consultation with an today.