If you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony for shoplifting, you may be facing a jail sentence. Many people do not think of shoplifting as a serious offense, but in Virginia, the penalties are harsh. Stealing goods worth $200 or more is considered a felony offense and, upon conviction, carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years in the penitentiary.
With an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side, however, you will have an advocate who will protect your rights. We will try to ensure you are not overcharged or over-penalized for shoplifting. Our attorneys have the skill to negotiate with prosecutors and to take the case to trial when appropriate. Please call Whitestone Young, PC, at 703-591-0200 or contact us online for an appointment with our Fairfax shoplifting defense attorneys.
Shoplifting Can Send You To Jail Or Prison
We represent Virginia adults and juveniles as well as people from other states who are charged with shoplifting in Virginia. We have experience with misdemeanor and felony shoplifting cases. If you tried to return stolen goods to a store after shoplifting them, we can defend you against the shoplifting and obtaining money by false pretenses charges.
Shoplifting is covered under Virginia's larceny statute. Petit larceny (petty theft) of goods valued at $200 or less is a misdemeanor offense with a maximum sentence of one year in jail. However, the penalties for grand larceny are much steeper. Grand larceny is a felony and can result in a prison sentence between one and 20 years.
If you are a first-time offender and/or stole goods that were valued at just over $200, we will attempt to get the charges reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor. In all cases, we will examine the police report to determine whether proper police procedure was followed or if your rights were violated.
Contact Our Northern Virginia Retail Theft Attorneys
To schedule an appointment, please call 703-591-0200. Your consultation is free.