Shoplifting is a specific type of theft crime that involves the removal of merchandise from a store without properly paying for the goods. It is considered to be larceny, and the state of Washington charges shoplifting as a theft crime. Penalties for shoplifting can come with fines and incarceration, meaning that you need an aggressive defense lawyer to help you fight back against these charges.
In Seattle, shoplifting is one of the most common forms of theft that the criminal defense attorneys at Guadagno & Virant, PLLC see come through their doors. If you or a loved one have been accused of shoplifting, or any other theft crime, schedule your free consultation with our team today.
The category of crime shoplifting falls under depends on the severity of the crime. A majority of Washington shoplifting cases fall under the category of third degree, which is considered a gross misdemeanor. In order to prove that you were shoplifting, two elements must be proven. First, you must have willingly taken the items offered for sale into your possession or concealed them with the intention on deceit and second, you must have intended to deprive the store owner of the payment of the item. If, for example, you forgot to scan an item at the grocery store, it may not be considered shoplifting.
Some common ways that someone can be accused of shoplifting is when they leave a store without paying for an item or switching price tags in order to pay a lesser price for the item. Working with an experienced Seattle shoplifting attorney can help you reduce or eliminate the charges you are facing. At Guadagno & Virant, PLLC, we fight for you until the end.
There are numerous defenses than can be used to defend someone that has been accused of shoplifting or other theft crimes in Seattle. A criminal lawyer can argue whether the alleged acts that you participated in can be construed as shoplifting, if the evidence accusing you of stealing is reliable, or even negotiating a deal with the prosecution to reduce the overall charges that you are facing. Wondering how we can help you? Our firm offers clients free case consultations to learn why Guadagno & Virant, PLLC is the right choice to handle your case.
Call now to find out how we can help. With over 10 years of experience serving Seattle with the hard-hitting and reliable defense our clients need, you can feel good knowing that your case is in good hands with our team.
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