Pittsburgh Shoplifting Attorney - Retail Theft Lawyer
Have You or Someone You Know Been Charged with Shoplifting or Retail Theft?
Retail Theft , also known as Shoplifting, may seem like a minor offense, but a conviction for Retail Theft or Shoplifting will follow you throughout your life as you pursue College enrollment, Complete Graduate School Applications, Apply for Financial Loans, Employment Opportunities or Credit Applications.
If you or someone your know has been charged with Retail Theft or Shoplifting in Allegheny County, Pittsburgh or surrounding Western Pennsylvania areas such as Oakland, Bethel Park, Washington County, South Park, Robinson, Beaver County, West Mifflin, Braddock, Westmoreland County, Coraopolis, Butler County, Turtle Creek, Edgewood, Homestead, Munhall, Clairton, West Mifflin, Plum, Penn Hills or Oakmont Pennsylvania, you need an experienced Shoplifting - Retail Theft Attorney to protect your rights.
What is Retail Theft - Shoplifting?
Simply put, Retail Theft is taking the property that belongs to a retail establishment with the intent to permanently deprive the rightful owner of such property. Prosecutors will seek to introduce testimony from Store Clerks and perhaps footage from a video security/surveillance tape in support of the Shoplifting Charges. In most cases, the in-store security team will question the Shoplifting suspect at length before the local authorities arrive to execute an official arrest and institute Retail Theft Charges.
Retail Theft charges are commonly charged as misdemeanors requiring minimal jail time. However, some Retail Thefts can be charges as a Felony based on the several factors, including, but not limited to: the amount and cost of the merchandise and whether the Defendant is a repeat offender. In cases where Retail Theft is charged as a Felony, the Defendant can face Maximum Penalties that require a Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution Sentence, in addition to hefty Fines and Costs.
Why You Need an Experienced Pittsburgh Retail Theft - Shoplifting Attorney
An experienced Shoplifting Lawyer can fight aggressively to resolve your case at the Preliminary Hearing without proceeding any further. Your Pittsburgh Retail Theft Attorney can seek your admission into several diversionary programs for first time offenders such as the PA ARD program. After successfully completion of the ARD program, you can seek to have the charges expunged from your record. If necessary, your Pittsburgh Shoplifting Attorney can directly attack the charges at trial or negotiate hard for a reduced sentence and even a withdrawal of the charges after attacking the evidence the Commonwealth seeks to introduce at trial.
Don't make the mistake of attempting to negotiate your Shoplifting Charges with in-store security team, local police or prosecutors without an experienced attorney.
Pittsburgh Retail Theft - Shoplifting Attorney Frank Walker has the Experience You Need
Pittsburgh Criminal Defense Attorney Frank Walker has Defended hundreds of Clients charged with Retail Theft - Shoplifting. Attorney Walker knows how easily a high school or college student can get charged with Retail Theft or Shoplifting and works hard to make sure the youthful mistake does not negatively impact the student's future. In addition, Attorney Walker is familiar with the Court System and knows how to adequately prepare a Defense against Charges of Retail Theft - Shoplifting and has worked hard in the past to have these charges quickly resolved thus avoiding incarceration and prolonged supervision by being placed on probation.
Contact Pittsburgh Defense Attorney Frank Walker Today
Contact Attorney Walker Today at 412.281.5423 or 412.401.1764 for a Free Consultation to Discuss your Retail Theft - Shoplifting Charges. Frank is conveniently located in Downtown Pittsburgh within walking distance of the Allegheny County Courthouse and the Allegheny County Jail.