Shoplifting attorneys in Pierce County, WA provide creative defense strategies
Tough economic times have led to increased incidences of shoplifting and theft — and increased vigilance by store security and loss-prevention teams. And with 30 percent of losses caused by shoplifting and 45 percent of losses caused by employee theft, retailers are more likely to prosecute to send a message to both shoppers and employees that they mean business.
While being publicly apprehended or charged with a crime is humiliating, it is nothing compared to the penalties you may face. Depending on the value of the item, you could be looking at felony charges that may include imprisonment and steep fines — and may affect your job options, ability to obtain student loans and more.
Don’t let a shoplifting or theft charge ruin your life. criminal law attorney Doug Woods of The Woods Law Office, PLLC in Pierce County is an attorney who provides strategic representation against shoplifting charges with the goal of helping you achieve the best possible outcome for your situation.
Misdemeanor and felony theft
Do you know the top five things you should do if you are charged with a crime? At the top of the list is to get competent, experienced legal representation before you talk to anybody — particularly store loss prevention staff or the police. Do not assume that you will just be able to return the merchandise and walk away.
As your Tacoma theft and shoplifting lawyer, we are here to help you fight the charges leveled against you — including avoiding prosecution and possibly expunging your record. Contact us immediately if you have been charged with:
- Third-degree theft of an item valued at less than $750
- Second-degree theft of an item valued between $750 and $4,999
- First-degree theft of an item valued at $5,000 or more
- Misdemeanor theft of an item valued at $250 or less
- Identity theft
- Possession or receipt of stolen property
- Trading in stolen property
Learn more about your rights when you schedule a free consultation with Tacoma theft lawyer Douglas Woods
To find out about your legal options, please contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Weekend or evening appointments can be arranged, and we offer flexible, affordable payment plans.