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Shoplifting Defense Attorney in Scranton, Pennsylvania

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Need an attorney for a shoplifting case in Scranton? If you are facing a simple shoplifting charge, you may wonder whether it is truly in your best interests to work with a lawyer in the first place.

Even if the potential penalties you are facing seem minor or the plea bargain offered by the prosecuting attorney seems reasonable, it is important to at least discuss the matter with an experienced lawyer who can help you understand what you are truly up against and can offer you insights as to all of the potential repercussions of a conviction.

What is considered to be "shoplifting" in PA?

Shoplifting, also referred to as retail theft, occurs when a person takes property from some sort of establishment that has the property on display for sale. The value of items taken and the defendant's criminal history, if any, are the two main factors that will influence potential sentencing for a shoplifting conviction in Scranton or Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Accordingly, shoplifting may be a misdemeanor or a felony offense depending on the circumstances.

Because shoplifting is frequently considered a lesser criminal offense, there are situations where a defendant may qualify for alternative sentencing. This may include community service and probation through Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, or ARD, which would also allow you to avoid having a conviction on your criminal record. However, leniency of this kind may not be an option if the value of property is great or the case involves multiple shoplifting offenses.

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Regardless of the particular shoplifting or retail theft charges you may be facing, now is the time to talk to an attorney about your legal options in challenging these charges. Without proper legal counsel, you will have no line of defense against zealous efforts by the prosecution and law enforcement to put you behind bars - even for a first shoplifting offense.

Our firm represents clients throughout Wilkes-Barre, Scranton and the surrounding areas and offers a free consultation to help you get started.

Commonly Asked Questions

Can Shoplifting Charges in Pennsylvania Result in a Felony Conviction?

Yes, shoplifting charges in Pennsylvania can lead to a felony conviction depending on the value of the items taken and the defendant's criminal history. The severity of the offense escalates with the value of the stolen property, and repeat offenses can also increase the likelihood of facing a felony charge. It's important to seek legal counsel to understand the potential severity of your case.

Why Should I Consider Hiring a Scranton Attorney for a Seemingly Minor Shoplifting Charge?

Even a minor shoplifting charge can have significant repercussions, including potential jail time, fines, and a criminal record. Our Scranton attorney can help mitigate these consequences by analyzing your case to create a strong defense and working hard to protect your rights throughout the legal process. We can also help you understand the long-term impact of a conviction and work towards a favorable outcome.

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