If you were arrested on suspicion of shoplifting, it’s important to work with an experienced Fort Wayne shoplifting defense lawyer. With good legal representation, you may be able to avoid jail time and a criminal conviction. The lawyers at Leonard, Hammond, Thoma & Terrill, P.C., defend individuals throughout northeast Indiana who face shoplifting charges.

Can You Avoid A Conviction?

In Indiana, shoplifting may be considered a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances. Individuals can be charged with shoplifting if they are suspected of:

  • Concealing merchandise, even while in the store
  • Altering a price tag
  • Transferring goods from one container to another
  • Interchanging price tags
  • Wrongfully causing the amount paid for merchandise to be less than the stated price

In many situations, an individual’s criminal history can impact whether that individual is convicted. For example, an individual with a limited criminal history who was charged with shoplifting something small may receive a deferral instead of a conviction.

Charged With Shoplifting? Contact An Experienced And Aggressive Lawyer.

It may be possible to avoid jail time and a felony conviction after a petty theft arrest if you work with an experienced attorney. When individuals contact us after an arrest, we determine whether the store has any evidence against them and whether their constitutional rights were violated, such as during a search.

Regardless of whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony theft charges, it’s critical to contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. We can help you understand the theft charge, the potential penalties and your options. Schedule an initial consultation using our online contact form or by calling (260) 420-6000.