Quincy Shoplifting Attorney
Top-Rated Criminal Defense Firm Serving Quincy and Hingham
Shoplifting is a crime in Massachusetts as in other states. A conviction of this theft crime is not something you want on your record as it may impair your ability to find employment or to advance your career in the future. If you are convicted of shoplifting, you will be viewed as someone who is not trustworthy. Future employers will not want to risk hiring someone who they believe poses a potential theft hazard to their businesses or to other employees. That is why you should hire a competent
criminal defense attorney in or around Quincy or Hingham to help you resolve your charges in the best possible manner.
In the case of shoplifting charges, you can turn to my firm, Flanagan & Associates for personalized and capable legal representation. As a
former private investigator and with many years of successful criminal defense work to my credit, I have the skills and determination needed to provide effective help. I will conduct an intensive investigation into your situation and work vigorously to explore all legal avenues in bringing about the best possible resolution.
Shoplifting Charges in Massachusetts
Under Massachusetts law, shoplifting consists of taking possession of, carrying away, or transferring merchandise from a retail outlet. It can include altering, transferring, or removing labels or tags, or placing goods from one container into another container with the intention of depriving the store of the goods. Shoplifting charges are based on the value of the items stolen. Higher-valued merchandise may result in larceny charges.
If you are convicted of shoplifting merchandise valued under $100, you will face a potential fine of up to $250 on a first offense, a fine of up to $500 on a second offense, and a jail term of up to two years on third offense. A shoplifting conviction of items valued more than $100 carries a potential sentence of up to two and half years in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Larceny charges of goods valued up to $250 is punishable by up a year in jail and a fine of up to $300. Larceny felony charges of goods valued more than $250 is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
Discuss Your Case with a Hingham Shoplifting Attorney
Getting competent legal representation in the face of shoplifting or larceny charges is imperative to achieving optimum legal results. Get the legal protections and access to an effective defense that you need – contact the firm to arrange for a free case evaluation as soon as possible.