Oftentimes individuals are charged with shoplifting when they haven’t actually stolen something from a store. This can be frustrating, especially because a charge like this – and a possible conviction – can affect your future.
Thankfully, there are ways to defend against shoplifting charges. The first and best defense is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who can assist you with putting together a defense that will either help with persuading a jury to return a not guilty verdict, or persuade the prosecution to drop the charges against you.
What Is Shoplifting?
Shoplifting is the intentional possession of an item offered for sale coupled with the intent to permanently deprive a store of the item without paying for it. If you read that last sentence carefully, ‘intent’ is a key part of the crime. That is, if you don’t have the intent to possess the item or the intent to permanently deprive the store without paying for the item, you did not commit the crime of shoplifting.
There are many defenses to shoplifting charges, and they depend on the specific facts of an individual’s situation. A criminal defense attorney, like David Kestenbaum, will be able to look at the facts of your case and see where the weaknesses are. Mr. Kestenbaum can then work towards putting together a defense of your shoplifting charge.
The defense can include:
- Challenging evidence that the prosecution has
- Negotiating deals with the prosecution
- Challenging whether you had the actual intent required by the law
If you, or a loved one, are facing a shoplifting charge, you may be concerned as to how this will affect your future, especially if you did not commit the crime. However, there is help available. The Kestenbaum Law Group wants to help you defeat your shoplifting charge and regain your peace of mind.
For an initial consultation, we welcome your call to our office at (818) 616-4312.