Arrested for Shoplifting in Collin County?
Call our Collin County criminal defense lawyers today - (940) 580-2899
Shoplifting is not as simple as prosecutors like to make it. A person who is accused of stealing from a store must be proven to have the intent to steal. Simply because someone walks out the door with unpaid merchandise does not necessarily mean they are stealing.
Our firm defended a woman who was stopped outside of a store with children's clothes in the bottom of her stroller. Video showed her putting the items in the stroller. At checkout, she put some items on the cashier's conveyer belt, but forgot to retrieve the items in the bottom of her stroller. After walking out of the store, she was stopped in the parking lot, taken inside and accused of theft. Her children watched as their mother was taken away in handcuffs. At trial, she was acquitted.
There is hardly any other crime, much less a misdemeanor, which has so much negative effect on a person's future. It breaks our heart to see the number of young people who walk through our door, charged with this crime, who haven't the foggiest idea of the impact.
Contact our firm today! We are ready to help you.
How the Law Offices of Tim Powers Can Help You
Even in cases where the proof is evident, a defense attorney must do all that is possible to prevent the negative impact a theft charge will have on a person. We had a case where a young person was accused of shoplifting with a number of her friends. She came to us embarrassed. She professed her guilt and expressed her interest in resolving the case as quickly as possible. The prosecutor offered her a deferred adjudication on a Class B misdemeanor and she wanted the plea. We advised her against it.
After a discovery motion us to get a copy of the surveillance video, we saw that her friends had placed most of the items in her purse. We were able to get her a plea bargain that reduced her level of charge and allowed her to expunge her record. Years from now, when she completes college, she will not be burdened with the embarrassment of that youthful indiscretion.
When you call our firm, you can benefit from the following:
- We tirelessly work on behalf of our clients to seek the most favorable outcome.
- We offer free initial consultations.
- We are experienced in these matters, having handled thousands of cases.
- We are dedicated to helping individuals, not just padding case numbers.
Call our Collin County criminal defense attorneys today at (940) 580-2899 and we will begin working on your case. Allow us to help you put this unfortunate situation behind you.