If you’ve been accused of shoplifting in Indiana, you need a hard-working criminal defense attorney to protect you.
Defending Against Shoplifting Charges
Most people don’t consider shoplifting to be a particularly serious theft-related crime, but a conviction may result in jail time and hefty fines. You may also have to reimburse the store for up to 3 times the amount of goods you allegedly stole. In some cases, you may even face felony charges that can seriously jeopardize your future. When potential employers see a conviction for shoplifting on your record, they may judge you as an untrustworthy person.
For these reasons, you should fight your shoplifting charges with the help of a skilled and experienced shoplifting lawyer. Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, you may be able to avoid all or most of the penalties for an Indiana shoplifting conviction.
Call Jones Law Office LLC today at (574) 239-7017 to find out how we can help you.
Why Should I Speak to a Shoplifting Attorney?
To prove that you committed shoplifting, a prosecutor will use evidence such as video surveillance footage and the testimony of the store’s loss prevention officers (LPOs) or any other employees who witnessed the alleged theft.
You could be innocent and the victim of mistaken identity. Or, the prosecutor may have access to surveillance footage that clearly shows that you stole from a store.
Even in cases such as these, Attorney Andrew B. Jones will seek the best outcome possible for you.
Depending on your criminal record and the circumstances of your shoplifting case, you may qualify for a pretrial diversion program. Instead of going to trial and receiving a criminal conviction, you may be able to perform community service. If you successfully complete your required community service hours, the prosecutor may then drop the charges against you. The pretrial diversion program is usually available only to first-time offenders, but there are exceptions.
If you've been accused of shoplifting in Indiana, call Jones Law Office today. Criminal Defense Attorney Andrew Jones will fight for you!