Montgomery County Shoplifting Lawyers
Whether you accidentally left a store before paying for an item or forgot to pay for an item in your cart, numerous situations can lead to a misunderstanding where an innocent person might be arrested for shoplifting in Montgomery County, PA. Even if it was a misunderstanding, a conviction for shoplifting could have more severe consequences than you think. A retail theft conviction can result in substantial jail time and a permanent criminal record. It can also damage your reputation and hinder employment opportunities.
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At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C., we take defending even minor shoplifting charges very seriously. With our commitment to quality and more than 65 years of experience, we are not looking to make a quick plea deal and move on from your case. We are here to help you minimize the criminal consequences so you can get your life back together.
A Track Record of Success in Retail Theft Cases
Just because you were accused of shoplifting or retail theft does not mean you’re guilty of the offense. With this understanding, the criminal defense lawyers of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford have won numerous trials and obtained favorable plea bargains for clients across Pennsylvania who have been accused of theft and property crimes. We have earned this success with hard work, dedication, and the zeal to investigate every avenue and build a strong defense.
Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford is the largest criminal defense law firm in Montgomery and Bucks Counties. Our talented legal team includes former prosecutors who understand how the prosecution handles shoplifting cases. This background gives us priceless insight that serves as a guide to building a robust defense against our clients’ charges. We also have the only criminal trial attorney in Montgomery or Bucks County certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
What Constitutes Shoplifting in Montgomery County, PA?
In Montgomery County, any person who knowingly removes an item from a store without paying for that item can be charged with shoplifting. Additionally, individuals can be accused of concealing an item while still in the store, since this can be viewed as the preemptive aim to shoplift. In other words, any person can face shoplifting charges in Montgomery County for leaving a store with an item they did not purchase, along with:
- Modifying a price tag to lower the value
- Replacing an item’s price tag with that of a lesser value
- Weighing expensive produce and entering the code of cheaper produce
- Destroying or removing an anti-theft security tag
- Under-ringing items at a self-checkout
The fundamental principle is that any action carried out to deceive a retail or business establishment by paying less than what the items are worth at retail value is considered shoplifting.
What Are the Penalties for Shoplifting in Pennsylvania?
The penalties for shoplifting vary according to the value of the objects in question, along with any prior convictions on a person’s record. In general, retail theft is subject to the following sentences:
- Merchandise totaling less than $150: A conviction for a first offense leads to a fine. A second offense for shoplifting is considered a second-degree misdemeanor.
- Merchandise totaling more than $150: Both a first and second offense for shoplifting is considered a misdemeanor in the first-degree. A subsequent offense can be charged as a third-degree felony.
- Merchandise totaling more than $2,000 or involving a vehicle or firearm: A conviction can lead to a third-degree felony with severe criminal penalties.
While pleading guilty and paying a small fine may not seem like a huge deal, the implications of having a criminal conviction on your record can be much more damaging than hiring an experienced shoplifting lawyer. If you or a loved one has been charged a retail theft offense in Montgomery County, it is in your best interests to have a knowledgeable lawyer explain precisely what penalties you may face and what your legal options are for defense.
Contact an Experienced Shoplifting Lawyer for a Free Criminal Defense Consultation
Don’t gamble with your future if you’ve been accused of shoplifting in Montgomery County. It is essential that you take retail theft and shoplifting charges as seriously as we do. Get in touch with an experienced shoplifting defense lawyer from Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford to learn your legal options and potential defense strategies as soon as possible.
For over 65 years, our quality service and dedicated, team-based defense services have earned us a positive reputation in Montgomery County and across Pennsylvania. Speak with an experienced shoplifting defense lawyer today about your situation and schedule a free consultation by calling 215-822-7575 or completing our contact form.