Have you been charged with a crime involving theft or fraud? These cases can
involve a wide variety of crimes. From shoplifting and petit theft to burglary and
all the way up to major crimes involving defrauding of companies and businesses for
hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars.
In an area of law that is this complex and vast you need experienced legal
representation from lawyers who will present your defense aggressively. In certain
instances a theft crimes defense attorney can negotiate a resolution to your case
long before it ever gets to court.
In fact, it may even be possible for your criminal defense
lawyers to get the prosecutor to understand that there are particular
issues in your case that they need to know that may cause them to want to offer a
deal for a favorable plea.
So, if you've been arrested for a crime involving theft or fraud, or if you're just being
investigated prior to being arrested, call the Suffolk County theft crimes defense lawyers at
Naiburg, Obedin and Weissman today.
The "Accidental" Shoplifter - A
Typical Shoplifting Scenario
Shoplifting often occurs by accident when
someone is shopping at a store and accidentally attempts to leave the store unknowing that they are
actually carrying an item which the didn't pay for and/or didn't present to the
Typically, a loss prevention employee or store
security agent will stop the person ask to see if they have some unpaid for item, and if they do,
they will detain that person and call the police who will make the arrest, or issue a notice to
appear in court...which is actually an arrest.
Shoplifting, or petit theft, is a crime of
dishonesty punishable by jail time. However, most shoplifting defense lawyers will tell you that
the vast majority of people charged with this crime have no prior criminal record and committed the
crime which they are accused of accidentally, and sadly their life is turned upside
So, how do you defend yourself against these
charges should this happen to you? Call the shoplifting defense lawyers at Naiburg, Obedin and
Weissman at (631) 979-7777. We will appear in court
with you and prepare the best defense possible to defend you against these
Theft crimes include charges such as fraud, embezzlement, identity theft, robbery, shoplifting
or anything else that involves...
Taking property that belongs to another person
or business with the intent todeprive that
person or business of its property
Each of these charges carries a different level of punishment varying from minor to severe
penalties. It is important for anyone charged with this type of crime, whether it is a misdemeanor
or a felony, to hire experienced theft crime defense attorneys who can help fight the charges and
reduce any penalties.
First, penalties for misdemeanor thefts depend on whether or not it is a first offense. With the
help of effective legal representation, a first time offender can receive a minimal penalty such as
a fine or probation. However, individuals with a previous record can get more severe penalties
including prison time.
Other penalties will usually vary based on the specific charge. If an individual is convicted of
identity theft he will normally be required to pay restitution to the victims, including legal
fees. Again, with the help of his or her defense attorneys, it is possible for a first-time
offender to avoid jail time and take a minimal penalty such as a fine or community service.
However, a serious charge such as armed robbery or other offense that involves the use of force or
violence can carry a much harsher penalty. This level of punishment could include many years in
prison or a fine of $150,000.
For a misdemeanor such as shoplifting, it is possible to avoid any severe penalties and simply
pay for the cost of the item. However, this will depend on the cooperation of the store owner.
Whether or not the crime is considered a misdemeanor or a felony generally depends on the value
of the item that was stolen. A misdemeanor usually applies to an item valued under $250. In
addition, you can be charged with a crime even if you did not personally commit a theft. For
example, individuals who are aware of an identity theft scam can receive multiple charges. However,
the maximum penalty for identity theft is usually 25 years in prison per charge.
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