Most people do not realize that a conviction for any retail theft — no matter how small the value of the item alleged to be taken — may result in a permanent criminal record. Your fingerprints will be documented, your picture may be taken and future employers may be able to see that you were found guilty of a theft crime. Young people, in particular, may find that shoplifting charges put their dreams of becoming teachers, lawyers or police officers at stake.
Fighting To Keep Your Criminal Record Clean
Because of the risk it poses to your future, it is critical to take action and work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer if you have been accused of shoplifting. To get started, contact the Glenside, Pennsylvania, law offices of me — Michael F. Dunn, Attorney at Law — by calling 215-572-0955 or by completing my online contact form. Initial consultations are free and confidential.
I have been representing clients since 1980 and use my experience, knowledge and skills to help people in Montgomery County achieve the best possible results. This may mean negotiating with prosecutors to have shoplifting charges dismissed after a community service requirement. It may also mean having the charges changed to another charge — like disorderly conduct — which may not have the permanent effect on your record. It may also mean taking your shoplifting case to trial seeking a “not guilty” verdict. I will consider all the possible ways of protecting your criminal record from the continued harm of a shoplifting or other theft charge.
Protecting Your Rights After A Shoplifting Charge
There are many shopping areas in and around Montgomery County — Willow Grove Mall, Montgomery Mall and King of Prussia Mall, for example — and if you have been accused of shoplifting at any of them, acting quickly is the best way to protect your rights and your future. Contact me — Michael F. Dunn — by calling 215-572-0955 or by completing my online contact form. Initial consultations are free and confidential.