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.
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.
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.
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.