Protecting Your Rights After A Theft Charge
Retail theft is often thought of as relatively minor transgression. Businesses even have a name for this kind of theft – shrinkage. While accepted as a part of doing business, retail theft can result in criminal charges with consequences that are more severe than many people realize.
If you are charged with retail theft, the Naperville retail theft attorney at the Law Office of Philip R. Nathe will work to reduce the consequences of this charge on your life.
Representing People From All Walks Of Life
Retail theft, also called shoplifting, is a charge that nearly anyone can face. Some people we represent on theft charges are struggling financially. Others are teenagers, professional working adults, or even older adults who have never had so much as a speeding ticket. The charges can be embarrassing, and a conviction can leave you with a permanent criminal record that is available for credit agencies, potential employers and landlords to view.
You can be charged with retail theft for:
- Taking goods without paying for them
- Switching price tags to pay a lower price for an item
- Using receipts to falsely return property that is not yours for a refund
If you are charged with taking goods worth less than $300, you may face a misdemeanor. If the goods are valued at greater than $300, or in some other circumstances, you could face a felony charge. You can expect that the store will demand compensation for the goods.
Contact Our Criminal Defense Lawyer For A Confidential Consultation
Because shoplifting charges can give you a permanent criminal record with negative consequences for your life, retaining an experienced attorney who knows how to defend you is critical. Mr. Nathe has more than 30 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney in DuPage County. He knows the law, he knows the courts, and he has built a reputation for providing an exceptional defense for property crimes.