One thing is certain — you need experienced and capable legal representation. Trying to represent yourself or simply pleading guilty will almost always produce poor results.
At The Lariscy Law Firm, we have extensive experience defending people accused of shoplifting and other theft crimes. We have succeeded in many cases in obtaining dismissals or reductions in charges, and in helping our clients avoid conviction altogether.
Call 706-389-4375 or contact us online for a free initial consultation.
Defending a Shoplifting Charge
In Georgia, there are various levels of theft crimes, based primarily on the value of the goods in question. The Lariscy Law Firm will carefully examine the facts in your case to determine the best strategy to use in your case. In some cases, it may make sense to negotiate an outcome with the prosecutor that minimizes the penalties you face and avoids harsher punishments. In others, a defense of the charge at trial may be the best option.
Joseph Lariscy will explain your legal options and the likely outcomes of those alternatives. You will have the information you need to make an informed decision about your case.
Avoiding a Conviction
First-time offenders may be eligible for Pretrial Diversion, which enables a person to avoid a conviction and a criminal record, provided that he or she complies with the terms of the program. After the diversion period, your record will appear clean to prospective employers and educational institutions. Pretrial Diversion is available in many misdemeanor and felony shoplifting cases. In most cases, after successfully completing the requirements of the Pretrial Diversion program, the charge is eligible for record restriction, or expungement, as long as the offender has reached 21 years old or older.
Our attorney Joseph Lariscy has helped many people like you deal successfully with shoplifting charges. Mr. Lariscy frequently works with prosecutors to obtain pretrial diversion outcomes for our firm’s clients. If you qualify and want that type of outcome, we will aggressively pursue that option for you.
An arrest for shoplifting is not the end of the world. You must however, deal with this challenge effectively. The Lariscy Law Firm will work diligently to obtain the best outcome possible for you.
Do you realize that theft by shoplifting may expose you to civil liability as well as criminal liability? The retailer may hire legal counsel to pursue a civil action in court to collect the full amount allowed by statute.
Contact a Defense Lawyer
For a free initial consultation with The Lariscy Law Firm, call 706-389-4375 or contact us online for free consultation.