In Virginia, shoplifting can mean different things — stealing something and leaving a store, altering a price tag, not paying the full purchase price, concealing an item while in a store, transferring goods from one container to another, or assisting someone else in doing one of these actions. Like with other larceny and theft matters, the severity of a shoplifting charge will depend on the value assigned to the items in question. In Virginia, petit larceny is charged when allegedly stolen goods are worth less than $200, and grand larceny is charged when the value is higher than $200.
If you or your child has been charged with shoplifting, you are probably worried about the potential consequences. Though the allegedly stolen item may have little monetary value, any shoplifting conviction can result in a criminal record that may impact job prospects, cause deportation, and affect college applications and other important future endeavors.
This may be your first such experience with the law, and you may have been given confusing, conflicting or incorrect information about what will happen next. Store security personnel, police, friends and family are not appropriate sources for legal advice. If you are unsure about how to resolve the situation with as little damage as possible, you should consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer who knows the law and who knows exactly how northern Virginia courts work.
Strong, Intelligent Defense Against Shoplifting, Employee Theft and Juvenile Crimes
At Nichols & Green PLLC, our defense attorneys have defended hundreds of criminal cases. We can represent you aggressively and strategically in fighting shoplifting charges. We have helped many clients reach favorable outcomes in property crimes matters, including countless situations in which charges have been dismissed, reduced or channeled through diversionary programs that help participants avoid a criminal record.
Every situation is different. Our approach to your case will depend on the circumstances surrounding the accusation, your previous record and other factors. You may have multiple options for defending yourself and reducing or eliminating negative consequences.
Contact a Prince William County Theft Crimes Defense Lawyer
Contact Nichols & Green PLLC to consult a shoplifting defense attorney about your situation. We offer a free, confidential consultation.