In effort to minimize loss, stores all across Missouri are increasing security to catch shoplifters. Whether you have been falsely accused or made a big mistake, Henderson Law Group can defend and protect your rights. We firmly believe that a stealing or larceny charge does not have to ruin your life.
Shoplifting, also known as theft, occurs when a person steals merchandise from a from a retail store. Typically, a security officer will witness an individual placing store merchandise in their bag, pants, or pocket. When this occurs, the individual is usually detained while the police are called. At this point, the police will arrive at the store and arrest the suspect with retail theft.
If you have been charged with larceny, the St. Louis stealing defense lawyers of Henderson Law Group can help. We start each case by carefully and thoroughly examining all the facts to determine the basis on which we can fight the shoplifting or retail theft charge. We will determine if the store has evidence that you actually intended to steal the item. We will also determine whether the store has violated your constitutional rights by illegally searching you. No matter what the facts are surrounding your specific situation, Henderson Law Group will vigorously defend and protect your rights.
Misdemeanor theft occurs when the value of the property or services is less than $750. If the value of the goods is less than $750 but more than $100, an individual will be charged with a class A misdemeanor of stealing. If the goods or services is less than $100, an individual will be charged with a class D misdemeanor stealing offense. The penalty for a misdemeanor theft conviction can range from 1 day to 1 year in jail, and a fine up to $2,000.00.
Felony theft occurs when the value of the property or services is valued at $750.00 or more. Missouri law has two different classifications of felony theft. If the value of the property or services is valued between $750 and $25,000, it is considered class D felony stealing. If the value of the property or services is valued at more than $25,000, it is considered Class C felony theft. Felony stealing carries a penalty of potentially 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
A fourth offense of stealing, no matter what the value of the property or services, is considered a Class E Felony, unless the specific crime committed is already a more severe criminal offense.
Contact the St. Louis stealing and theft lawyers of Henderson Law Group today for a free consultation. We can help you understand your theft charge and what the potential outcome may be. At Henderson Law Group, we will ensure that your rights have not been violated and afford you the best possible outcome.