We know that a theft charge can severely limit future job prospects and that all options should be explored to prevent a conviction. I will explain all of the methods that we use to get dismissals for our clients. Our goal is to get a result that will allow you to expunge the charge (removing everything from your record).
I have over 10 years of experience handling Theft cases. You need an attorney who understands how to find facts that can be used in your favor and who has a long history of successful negotiations with prosecutors. I am extremely proud of our track record – see a list of our recent Theft dismissals.
My goal is to have your charge dismissed and removed from your record (expunged). I fight hard because I know that a theft conviction can prevent you from getting a job or renting an apartment. I have never been a police officer or prosecutor and have devoted my career to defending people accused of crimes.
Q: What type of punishment should I expect for a shoplifting case?
A: It depends on whether you have been arrested for shoplifting in the past, and the specific circumstances of the current arrest. The county attorney has a pre-trial diversion program for first-time offenders. You may also be eligible for deferred prosecution. Both of these programs result in a dismissal. We will help you apply for these programs.
Q: Are these programs available for theft cases that don’t involve shoplifting?
Q: What is the pre-trial diversion program?
A: The pre-trial diversion program is a conditional dismissal. It involves 20-40 hours of community service, an 8-hour theft class, and you must stay out of trouble for up to year. It is not probation.