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Theft Crime Lawyer in Seattle

Shoplifting is a specific type of theft crime that involves the removal of merchandise from a store without properly paying for the goods. It is considered to be larceny, and the state of Washington charges shoplifting as a theft crime. Penalties for shoplifting can come with fines and incarceration, meaning that you need an aggressive defense lawyer to help you fight back against these charges.

In Seattle, shoplifting is one of the most common forms of theft that the defense attorneys at Guadagno Law, PLLC see come through their doors. If you or a loved one have been accused of shoplifting, or any other theft crime, schedule your FREE consultation with our team today.

What are the penalties for shoplifting?

In order to prove that you were shoplifting, two elements must be proven. First, you must have willingly taken the items offered for sale into your possession or concealed them with the intention on deceit and second, you must have intended to deprive the store owner of the payment of the item. If, for example, you forgot to scan an item at the grocery store, it may not be considered shoplifting.

Washington law provides penalties for shoplifting crimes depending on the value of the item taken and certain types of property that is protected under law:

  • Third Degree Theft: 14 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
  • Second Degree Theft: Five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
  • Third Degree Theft: One year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Some common ways that someone can be accused of shoplifting is when they leave a store without paying for an item or switching price tags in order to pay a lesser price for the item. Working with an experienced Seattle shoplifting attorney can help you reduce or eliminate the charges you are facing. At Guadagno Law, PLLC , we fight for you until the end.

Seattle Shoplifting Attorneys Stand By Your Side

There are numerous defenses than can be used to defend someone that has been accused of shoplifting or other theft crimes in Seattle. A criminal lawyer can argue whether the alleged acts that you participated in can be construed as shoplifting, if the evidence accusing you of stealing is reliable, or even negotiating a deal with the prosecution to reduce the overall charges that you are facing.

Wondering how we can help you? Our firm offers clients free case consultations to learn why Guadagno Law, PLLC is the right choice to handle your case.

Call now to find out how we can help. With over 14 years of experience serving Seattle with the hard-hitting and reliable defense our clients need, you can feel good knowing that your case is in good hands with our team.

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