In Massachusetts, if shoplifted merchandise is valued at less than $100, a shoplifter may be punished by a fine. Although this punishment may seem minor, an admission of guilt stays on your record and could impact future education or job opportunities down the road. As a result, with most shoplifting accusations, it is essential to fight.
Why do We Fight?
It is important to fight even a minor shoplifting charge and keep your record clean. In addition to jeopardizing your future employment or education opportunities, a record of shoplifting could impact your chances of becoming a citizen in the United States or in other countries like Canada.
It is even more essential to fight a shoplifting charge if a person is a repeat offender. The penalties are stiffer if a person is convicted on a subsequent offense.
There are a number of ways a person can fight a shoplifting charge:
If done timely and correctly, all of these options could result in keeping your record clean, with no record of the offense or allegation occurring.
It is important to fight a shoplifting charge. You can do so by contacting criminal defense attorney William Barabino at his Medford, Massachusetts law office by calling at 781-393-5900.
An Attorney Who Understands Your Future is At Stake
Regardless of the reason why an event occurred, hire a hardworking and compassionate attorney who will help you earn a second chance.
If you are facing charges, and are under investigation for a shoplifting offense, contact Greater Boston Area criminal defense attorney William J. Barabino. Call his Medford, Massachusetts law office at 781-393-5900 or complete his online contact form, which you can find here.