Were You Charged with Shoplifting in Tampa?
Any theft from a store or business establishment is considered to be shoplifting. Depending on the value of the goods that are stolen, you can be charged with larceny or grand larceny. While shoplifting is often viewed as a minor offense—it can have big repercussions. If you have been charged with this offense, it is imperative you contact a Florida criminal defense lawyer from Thomas & Paulk immediately.
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Why choose the team at Thomas & Paulk?
When you are looking for a seasoned legal team you can count on, you can be confident that Thomas & Paulk, P.A. is the right choice to represent you.
Reasons to work with us include:
- We have worked as police officers and prosecutors
- We have personally handled over 7,000 criminal cases
- We are available 24/7 to assist you
- We give each client the personalized attention that he/she deserves
- We have over a decade of legal experience
- We offer a free consultation
At Thomas & Paulk, we are committed to helping people throughout Tampa and Hillsborough County fight their shoplifting charges. We will ensure your case is defended aggressively to maximize your chances of beating your charges. If you or a loved one has been arrested for shoplifting, you can contact our office feeling confident that you will receive attention, dedication, and superior service from a team of criminal defense attorneys who are committed to seeing your case resolved successfully.
Florida Shoplifting Laws & Penalties
The penalties for shoplifting will depend on the value of the goods stolen:
If the value of the stolen merchandise was less than $100, the defendant will be charged with second degree petit theft, which is punishable by 60 days in jail.
Stealing merchandise that is valued between $100 and $300 is petit theft in the first degree and is punishable by 364 days in county jail.
If the value of the stolen merchandise is more than $300 but less than $20,000, the defendant will be charged with third degree grand theft, a felony offense that can be punished with up to 5 years in state prison.
Having any type of criminal conviction on your record, even a shoplifting conviction, can have a negative effect on your future. Not only will you be sentenced to jail or prison, but you could also face probation, community service, fines, and restitution to the victim. Not to mention the damage that will be done to your reputation. For this reason, it is imperative that you get an aggressive attorney on your side to protect your legal rights.
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When faced with such charges, you can trust your case to Thomas & Paulk. With more than a decade of experience, we feel secure in our abilities to provide you with the aggressive defense you need to address your charges. Furthermore, we know the value of dedication and personal service, and make sure all of our clients have access to us.
For a free consultation, do not hesitate to contact our office today! We are prepared around the clock to fight for your rights and defend your best interests.