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How to Fight a Shoplifting Charge in Sacramento
Shoplifting in Sacramento is much too common. You may shoplift by mistake, because you want the adrenaline of taking something that isn’t yours, or because you desperately need whatever it is you’ve taken. Whatever the case may be, shoplifting isn’t worth the penalties you can face.
While some states treat shoplifting as a separate crime from theft, California awards the same penalties for shoplifting as petty theft. The penalties you’ll face for shoplifting in Sacramento will depend on the value of the property you stole. If you hope to reduce or dismiss your shoplifting charges, you should speak with a Sacramento criminal defense lawyer from Crowell Law Offices.
Petty Theft vs. Grand Theft
If the value of what you allegedly stole is less than $950, then your shoplifting conviction will result in the same penalties as petty theft in Sacramento. If the value of what you are accused of stealing is greater than $950, then you’ll be charged with grand theft and won’t be facing shoplifting charges.
When convicted of petty theft or shoplifting in Sacramento, you can face up to six months in jail and may have to pay up to $1,000 in fines.
Defense Strategies for Shoplifting in Sacramento
A criminal defense lawyer in Sacramento can use various strategies to defend you in court.
In the early stages, it’s sometimes possible to avoid or reduce your charges by offering to return whatever it is you stole and apologizing for your mistake.
But once you’ve been charged, your best bet may be to make a plea bargain with the prosecution to reduce your charges or the penalties for them.
Another option is to use video footage from the store or other evidence to prove your innocence.
Consult a Sacramento Criminal Defense Attorney
With a skilled attorney on your side, you’ll have a better chance of swaying the judge in your favor. To speak with a Sacramento criminal defense lawyer from Crowell Law Offices and schedule a free consultation, call 916-303-2800 or fill out the contact form below.