Our West Palm Beach shoplifting lawyers have been representing clients facing shoplifting and retail theft cases throughout Palm Beach County since 1995.  Our experience as former Palm Beach County prosecutors along with decades of experience defending shoplifting cases makes us uniquely qualified to defend your case.

Shoplifting cases in Palm Beach County are criminal cases handled in one of four courthouses located in West Palm Beach, Delray Beach Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade that require the assistance of a Palm Beach County criminal lawyer.

Elements of Shoplifting

Shoplifting, also called retail theft, is the crime of stealing items from a retail store. Florida law does not have a separate shoplifting statute, but shoplifters are charged under general theft laws.

In Florida, shoplifting is charged as petty theft or grand theft. The penalties become more severe depending on how valuable the stolen items are. For example, stealing items valued at less than $100 is petty (“petit”) theft in the second degree, and is a misdemeanor offense with a sentence of up to 60 days in jail. Theft of merchandise worth more than $100 and less than $300 is first-degree petit theft, with a sentence of up to 364 days in Palm Beach County jail making it imperative that a West Palm Beach shoplifting lawyer is contacted immediately.

Felony Shoplifting

If the retail merchandise stolen is worth over $300 but under $5000, the charge will be grand theft in the third degree, which is a felony offense punishable by five years in Florida prison.

Penalties

Clearly, a conviction for shoplifting or retail theft in Palm Beach County can have a damaging effect on your reputation, your job prospects, family, reputation, and well-being. A theft conviction can severely hinder your ability to keep and secure future employment.

The West Palm Beach shoplifting attorneys at Leifert & Leifert will always try to pursue alternative resolutions to sentencing; for one, you might be eligible to seal or expunge a shoplifting disposition. Palm Beach County offers alternative programs for first-time offenders such as pre-trial intervention or pre-trial diversion, where your shoplifting charges will be dismissed upon completion of the program.

Contacting a West Palm Beach Shoplifting Lawyer

If you are charged with shoplifting, you need to have the most experienced Palm Beach County shoplifting lawyer handle your case. For more than 50 years, the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert have provided effective, aggressive criminal defense representation for clients in the Palm Beach County area, as well as throughout Florida. Our attorneys are former Palm Beach County prosecutors who are thoroughly knowledgeable about Florida shoplifting laws. Our prior experience as prosecutors has equipped us with the resources we need to effectively present your defense. We are routinely in Palm Beach County court defending clients in shoplifting cases.

Therefore, if you have recently been arrested or are facing shoplifting and retail theft charges, it is crucial to have an experienced West Palm Beach shoplifting lawyer defending your case.