The attorneys at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert are former prosecutors in Broward County and are highly experienced in defending against charges of Shoplifting, Retail Theft, Grand Theft and All Other Theft Related Crimes. As former prosecutors, we know the best arguments the other side will make, and we know what it takes to win cases. Our Florida shoplifting attorneys regularly help people charged with shoplifting in court and offer affordable solutions.
Elements of Shoplifting
Shoplifting, or retail theft, is defined as stealing merchandise from a retail store. Shoplifting is a very common theft offense. Under Florida law, shoplifting or retail theft is charged as either petit or grand theft, and the penalties depend on the value of the merchandise stolen.
Taking merchandise worth less than $100 is petit theft in the second degree, a misdemeanor punishable by 60 days in jail. Taking merchandise worth more than $100 but less than $300 is considered petit theft in the first degree and is punishable by up to 364 days in the jail, making it important that a Florida shoplifting lawyer is contacted.
Shoplifting items worth more than $300 but less than $5000 is considered grand theft in the third degree, a felony punishable by up to five years in Florida state prison.
A charge of shoplifting or retail theft can have a devastating effect on your future, your family, employment, reputation in the community, and overall well-being. It can affect your ability to maintain or secure future employment. If you have been charged with retail theft, it is crucial to have a seasoned and top Florida shoplifting lawyer who can best and effectively handle your case.
Contacting a Florida Shoplifting Attorney
We will aggressively pursue alternative resolutions; for example, you may be eligible for dismissal via a first offender diversion program and thereafter eligible to seal or expunge your shoplifting case. Broward County utilizes the misdemeanor diversion program.
At Leifert & Leifert, our Florida shoplifting lawyers will aggressively pursue the best outcome for our clients so that you can move on with you live. Our attorneys will do their best to get your shoplifting charges dismissed, or have a conviction removed from your record. If these options are not possible, we will litigate to get your sentence reduced through probation or other means. At Leifert & Leifert, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, effective, affordable and aggressive representation, and we will do our best to protect your interests and help you move on with your life.
If you are facing criminal charges for shoplifting, it is imperative to have an experienced attorney representing you. For more than 25 years, the Florida shoplifting defense attorneys at Leifert & Leifert have represented numerous clients in the Fort Lauderale area. Our attorneys are highly experienced in handling shoplifting cases and familiar with litigating in court.