Clearing Shoplifting Charges
Are you wondering if clearing shoplifting charges is possible? Has your criminal record been preventing you from obtaining jobs and education? Everybody makes mistakes. Don’t let yours haunt you for the rest of your life. Contact our office today for a free consultation.
Clearing Shoplifting Charges | Class A Misdemeanor
Shoplifting is a Class A misdemeanor and can have significant impact on somebody’s future with regard to employment applications, for school and all sorts of applications in their future. New York Shoplifting Lawyer Carl Spector encourages people to take a very good look at their case and to seek an experienced attorney.
Shoplifting is a crime too often misunderstood. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to leave a store with a stolen item to be charged; you might be arrested, charged, and convicted of shoplifting for concealing an item on your person without leaving the store – even if you claim you intended to pay for it. The problem doesn’t “go away” if you return the item, either. Store owners in New York know their rights and will act aggressively to combat the practice of shoplifting by prosecuting individual shoplifters. In most cases, you could face a charge of petit larceny, with a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a fine of $1,000. That’s just in criminal court, though; you could face further penalties in civil court.
Clearing Shoplifting Charges | Expungement
Even if you’ve paid your fines, served your jail time, finished your community service, and satisfied all the court’s conditions, your legal troubles might not be “over.” A conviction can follow you for years, or even a lifetime, affecting your personal life and career.
There was a time when New York allowed convicted individuals to have records “sealed,” inaccessible to all but law enforcement officials and select others, but this isn’t the case anymore. Now, in New York State, there are only two ways to keep charges off your record.
If the court dismisses your charges, this is the same as expungement. You would not have to file any additional paperwork to “clean” your record, because in the eyes of the New York State courts, your record was never marked.
If you would like to “clean” your record and have a clean slate, please contact our experienced criminal defense lawyers today to schedule a free consultation.