Shoplifting Attorney in Sarasota

Defending Against Theft Charges Throughout Florida

Males and females of all ages can be charged with the crime of shoplifting. Many of our clients who are facing shoplifting charges do not have a prior criminal record and never expected that they would be accused of a criminal offense. In many cases, innocent individuals are even charged with this offense for a wide range of reasons.

What are the Penalties for Shoplifting in Florida?

Under Florida Statute § 812.014, punishments for shoplifting are discussed. This offense can either be charged as petit theft or grand theft depending on the value of the item that was taken. Penalties that the defendant faces are dependent on whether the individual has prior convictions on his or her criminal record. Effects of a theft crime can last for an extensive amount of time. If you have been charged, do not wait to obtain the criminal defense that you deserve with a Sarasota theft crime lawyer!

Are you facing a shoplifting charge? Call The Law Office of Wyndel G. Darville, PLLC, today at (941) 564-5319 or contact us online to meet with our Sarasota shoplifting defense attorney.

What are the Steps to Prove Shoplifting Intent?

If you are hoping to prove the crime of retail theft, prosecution will need to prove that the person who was accused has actual and tangible evidence that the offense took place. Prosecution will also need to show that the defendant intended to deprive the merchant of the full value of the possession or service.

It will have to be proven that one of the following occurred by the defendant:

  • Took possession of / carried away merchandise
  • Transferred merchandise form one container to another
  • Altered / removed a label or price tag
  • Removed a shopping cart from a merchant's premises

Understanding Shoplifting Charges in Sarasota: Local Insights and Resources

When facing shoplifting charges in Sarasota, it's crucial to understand the local legal landscape. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office and the Sarasota Police Department are vigilant in monitoring and addressing retail theft. Additionally, the Sarasota County Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller's office handles the legal proceedings related to such charges.

One of the common pain points for residents is the impact a shoplifting charge can have on their personal and professional lives. A conviction can lead to fines, community service, or even jail time, depending on the severity of the offense and prior criminal history. Moreover, the stigma associated with a theft charge can affect employment opportunities and personal relationships.

At The Law Office of Wyndel G. Darville, PLLC, we understand the unique challenges faced by Sarasota residents. We are familiar with the local court systems and the specific procedures followed in Sarasota County. Our goal is to provide you with a robust defense strategy tailored to your situation, ensuring that your rights are protected every step of the way.

If you find yourself accused of shoplifting, don't hesitate to reach out for a consultation. We are here to help you navigate the complexities of the legal system and work towards a favorable outcome. Remember, understanding your rights and having a knowledgeable attorney by your side can make all the difference.

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There are a few theft crime defenses that can be used against the charge of retail theft or shoplifting. For instance, if the item was taken by accident or the defendant acted unknowingly, this may be a valid defense. During a free consultation, I can help you determine a solid defense and ensure that you your freedom is protected! If you qualify for expungement, we can also help.

Contact The Law Office of Wyndel G. Darville, PLLC, today for a FREE consultation!

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