Do I need a criminal defense lawyer if I’ve been charged with shoplifting?

Shoplifting may not sound like a serious crime, but you face a potentially serious penalty if you are convicted. In Virginia, the consequences of shoplifting depend on the specific crime with which you are charged. 

Virginia Shoplifting Crimes and Consequences #

Depending on the facts of your shoplifting case, you could be charged in various ways. The potential consequences include fines and prison time. Specifically, you could face the following charges:

  • Petit larceny. Shoplifting goods that are worth less than $200 could result in a petit larceny charge. The potential consequences for petit larceny are a $2,500 fine and up to 12 months in prison.
  • Grand larceny. If the value of the stolen goods is $200 or more, you may be charged with grand larceny. A grand larceny sentence could include a prison sentence of up to 20 years.
  • Larceny with intent to sell. If you intend to sell the goods you stole, you may face a prison term of up to 20 years and a $2,500 fine.
  • Burglary. If you break and enter and commit larceny, you may be charged with a class 3 felony. If you are armed at the time, you may be charged with a class 2 felony. If you’re charged with a class 3 felony, you may face 5 – 20 years in jail. A class 2 felony carries a possible jail term of 20 years to life. Both types of felonies include potential fines of up to $100,000.

A Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Protect Your Rights #

If you are charged with a shoplifting crime, it is important to talk to a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Our attorneys will explore every possible defense and work tirelessly to protect your rights. We will always keep you informed about your case and be available to answer your questions. Call us at 804-396-3329, or fill out our online contact form today to learn more about protecting yourself if you’ve been charged with shoplifting in Virginia.

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