Shoplifting (Retail Theft) in Kent
Shoplifting is also referred to as "retail theft," and it's one of the most common crimes committed all over the country. You may think a shoplifting charge is relatively minor, but the value of the stolen merchandise dictates the severity of the crime. If property valued at more than $750 is stolen, a conviction could incur prison time because it is a felony offense. If you or someone in your family was arrested for retail theft, our Kent shoplifting lawyers can help.
The professional litigators at the Law Office of Jason S. Newcombe have more than thirty years of combined experience, and understand the importance of protecting your legal rights at all costs.
The following information will prove helpful as you address a shoplifting charge.
First Degree Theft - If the stolen merchandise was valued at more than $5,000, the crime is considered a Class B felony. The penalties for this crime include up to $20,000 in fines and 10 years in prison. Civil damages may also be awarded to the owner of the merchandise.
Second Degree Theft - If the value of stolen goods was between $750 and $5,000, you can be charged with a second degree theft, which is a Class C felony. Penalties for a conviction include fines up to $10,000 and five years in prison.
Third Degree Theft - If the dollar amount of the stolen merchandise was less than $750, the shoplifting charge would be third degree theft, which is a gross misdemeanor in the State of Washington. Penalties for a conviction include up to a year in jail and fines totaling $5,000.
Any Kent retail theft conviction causes the acquisition of a criminal record, which can have far-reaching effects on your entire life. Our Kent shoplifting attorneys can help you deal with these serious charges, and any accompanying charges that may have to be addressed.Protect Your Rights With Help From Our Kent Shoplifting Lawyers
Kent prosecutors will often seek to punish shoplifters to the fullest extent of the law, regardless of whether they committed the retail theft intentionally or not. Sometimes people accidently put a small item in their pocket and inadvertently walk out of a store, but even guilty people use this same excuse. Our Kent shoplifting attorneys have seen firsthand how detrimental a shoplifting conviction can be, but we urge you to remain calm and let us handle the details as we investigate your case.
We have extensive experience with all sorts of shoplifting cases in Kent. Knowledge of the law and familiarity with the local courts is beneficial for all sorts of reasons. We understand that you are embarrassed and worried about the potential outcome, but you can't let the emotionally draining nature of a Kent shoplifting accusation prevent you from defending your legal rights. Contact one of our Kent shoplifting lawyers today to discuss your situation. We have payment plans available, so you don't have to worry what retaining a professional attorney will cost.