Gilbert, AZ Shoplifting Attorney
Have you been charged with a shoplifting violation in the Town of Gilbert? If so, you will likely be appearing in the Gilbert Municipal Court (for misdemeanor violations) or possibly the Highland Justice Court. Gilbert felony shoplifting cases will normally be filed in the Maricopa County Superior Court. This Firm has handled a wide variety of criminal cases, including both misdemeanor and felony shoplifting cases
, in the Gilbert Municipal Court and in most other Courts throughout the Valley. Mr. Buckallew is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Attorney
with nearly 20 years’ experience and has a successful record in resolving countless shoplifting and other theft related charges over the course of his career. He takes pride in personally handling each of his cases to ensure that every client receives the legal expertise they deserve in court.
Gilbert Shoplifting Lawyer
Shoplifting is a theft crime which involves depriving another of money that is due them, or their property, or other similar actions. If you have been charged with shoplifting you could face fines, and even jail or prison time if you are convicted. In a shoplifting case or other theft case, the severity of the crime is measured by the value of the items or property that was stolen and penalties for shoplifting also vary depending on the value of the item as well as other factors, such as whether there is a prior criminal record. For example, if the item(s) in question are valued at less than $1,000, then you could be facing up to a maximum of 6 months in jail and if the item(s) in question are worth at least $2,000, this is categorized as a class 5 felony and you could be facing up to 1 ½ years in jail. To better understand which penalties you may be facing upon conviction, it is advisable to consult with an experienced Gilbert Criminal Defense Lawyer.
How can this Firm help you?
Because the consequences of a shoplifting conviction can be significant, including the potential for incarceration, heavy fines, restitution, probation and longer term consequences, including the ability to find meaningful employment, it is important to seek the advice and counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney before making any decisions in your case. Your attorney will conduct a thorough investigation of the case by obtaining and reviewing all of the state’s evidence, including the police report, and could also include, store loss prevention reports if any were made, store surveillance video (if available), witness statements if any were provided, and any other evidence the prosecutor intends to use to prove their case. An experienced attorney will be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses in the state’s case, identify any potential legal or factual issues and then develop an aggressive defense on your behalf in order to reach the most favorable resolution possible in your case.