New York Shoplifting Lawyer
Experienced New York Theft Attorney Providing Strong Defense Against Shoplifting Allegations
There are thousands of shoplifting cases every year in New York City. Shoplifting is a Class A misdemeanor and can put your future into serious jeopardy. New York Shoplifting Lawyer Carl Spector has had much success helping residents resolve cases without seeing a criminal record.
Defending Misdemeanor Shoplifting Cases
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.
Attorney Carl Spector represents clients with shoplifting cases in New York City and through out the state. As an experienced New York Shoplifting Lawyer Carl Spector knows that these cases can be resolved oftentimes without a criminal record.
Resolving Shoplifting Cases Without Incurring a Criminal Record
You should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to describe the events that occurred. It very important that if you have a prior criminal record, and even if you don’t, that you seek the advice of Counsel. People often get arrested and are given Desk Appearance Tickets for shoplifting. These cases can be successfully represented quickly and easily by an experienced New York Shoplifting Lawyer.
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.
Cleaning Your Criminal Record
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.
- Dismissal of Charges
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.
Depending on the charges against you and your previous criminal record, your attorney may be able to meet with the judge hearing your case and the district attorney prosecuting and negotiate an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal, or ACD. This is like a “diversion.” You will not be convicted, but you will have to stay out of any further trouble, and possibly face non-criminal penalties, including fines and/or community service. After a certain period of time, if you don’t run into any further trouble, the charges will be, essentially, dismissed. You will not have a criminal record.
Outside these two scenarios, there is no way to expunge a record in New York State. Neither does the law does allow for any retroactive action to “seal” a valid conviction.
If you are facing criminal prosecution for shoplifting, do not delay seeking legal counsel. Contact experienced New York shoplifting Lawyer Carl Spector for a free confidential consultation. With over 30 years of experience defending good people caught up in bad situations, he has the skills needed to ensure you get the best possible result for your case. Contact him today and let his experience work for you.