Shoplifting Lawyer in Attleboro
Skilled Legal Representation in Fall River
Have you been accused of shoplifting in Massachusetts? Avoid these theft crime penalties by seeking legal advice from our Attleboro attorney. People often agree to plead guilty in shoplifting cases to get the incident behind them and move on with their lives. However, a criminal conviction will continue to impact your life long into the future. The long-term consequences of a criminal record include denied personal loan applications, denied housing applications, and limited future employment opportunities due to a failed background check.
Before answering questions or pleading guilty, call the Law Office of James M. Caramanica, P.C. to get advice from a shoplifting attorney in Attleboro with decades of experience. We have successfully represented our clients and achieved the best possible case results for their cases. We want to help protect your future and provide you the strongest legal advice possible. We represent clients in Fall River and the surrounding areas.
If you or a loved one are facing theft crime charges in Attleboro, schedule a FREE consultation with our defense lawyer today. Take the first step to protecting your future.
Shoplifting Charges in Massachusetts
Chapter 266 Section 30A of Massachusetts state law defines shoplifting as the intentional concealing, taking possession of or carrying away of merchandise that has not been paid for. The law covers taking merchandise from a store without paying, as well as label switching and other means of obtaining merchandise without paying the full price. For higher value items, you could be facing theft charges which carry harsher penalties. Generally, the value of the stolen property and whether there are any prior offenses will impact the penalties for conviction. Penalties for shoplifting in Massachusetts include:
Shoplifting a value of $100 or less is punishable by:
- A fine up to $250
Shoplifting a value of $100 or more is punishable by:
- A fine up to $500
Subsequent shoplifting charges of $100 or less is punishable by:
- A fine up to $500
- Up to 2 years in jail
Subsequent shoplifting charges of $100 or more is punishable by:
- A fine up to $500
- Up to two and a half years in jail
For specific details and options for your case, schedule your FREE case review with our Massachusetts shoplifting defense attorney.
Possible Shoplifting Defense Strategies in Attleboro
There are several possible strategies that can be used in shoplifting cases. In some situations, we may be able to argue for a reduction in the charges or to have the charges dismissed to prevent a criminal record. Other legal challenges may be based on a possible violation of your constitutional rights.
Possible legal challenges in shoplifting cases may include:
- Probable cause
- Inappropriate actions by store employees or police
- Inappropriate detention
- Unlawful search and seizure
Aggressive Theft Crime Representation
Our shoplifting lawyer in Attleboro begins by carefully evaluating your case, evidence, and other circumstances to develop the most effective defense strategy possible. We work to get the charges reduced or dismissed, when possible, and always fight to ensure that your rights are protected at every stage of the legal process.
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