Shoplifting Attorney in Miami, FL
Have you been accused of merchandise theft?
If you have been detained by a store employee who suspects you of shoplifting,
you may be held or detained in the store until the police arrive. The
majority of stores throughout Miami use video surveillance and in-store
security to monitor shoplifting attempts and to convict people who are
charged with shoplifting. It is vitally important that you contact us
immediately after you have been accused of shoplifting so that you can
make sure your rights are protected.
Challenging shoplifting charges and accusations of
petty theft can be challenging, especially when there is concrete evidence that the
prosecution is bringing against you. Shoplifting is defined under the
law as the intent and attempts to steal something from a store. Common
instances of shoplifting include switching labels to pay a lesser amount
and removing price tags. A knowledgeable Miami theft lawyer from Parks
& Braxton, PA can help you challenge these charges and more by preparing
a strong defense.
According to §812.015 of the Florida statutes, it is considered one
theft so shoplift from any number of stores within a two day period. In
other words, shoplifting at three different stores, as long as they all
happened within a 48-hour period, will be considered one crime and the
amount added up. Even if an individual stole an item worth less than the
amount of grand theft if that same individual stole additional items within
two days that amounted to more than $300 it will be considered grand theft.
Retail Theft: Fighting Allegations
If you or someone you know has been accused of shoplifting, keep in mind
that there are serious penalties that come with being convicted. Depending
on the value of the items stolen, being convicted of shoplifting under
$300 will result in penalties including one year in jail, one year of
probation and fines up to $1000. You may be up against overwhelming evidence
such as employee testimonies, eyewitness accounts and the item that was
stolen being found in your belonging, but our firm can help. There are
actually many defenses against shoplifting. One of them is proving that
the item was not clearly marked as store property; another is that the
item actually had no monetary value. Whatever the case, our firm will
fight your misdemeanor charge.
With over 48 years of collective experience in criminal law, we are intimately
familiar with shoplifting charges and the courtroom proceedings that follow
an arrest. We aim to protect your rights along every step of the way to
assure that you have a positive outcome for your charges, so call today.
We can take your call 24 / 7, including nights, weekends, and holidays.
Our firm has successfully handled thousands of cases, and we want yours
to be next!