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Shoplifting is a serious offense

It goes without saying that shoplifting is not the most serious criminal offense. However, here is something you need to know: This is much more serious than many people believe.

If you are arrested for this crime, you don't have any time to waste. You need to learn more about your charges, your legal rights and the type of defense strategy you can use to avoid the most serious punishment.

Here is something many people don't know:Depending on the value of the item, it's possible that a conviction could land you in prison.

Many people don't understand the finer details of shoplifting. Here are the actions that lead to this type of arrest:

-- Concealing an item while you are inside a store

-- Concealing an item inside another item

-- Exchanging or altering price tags

-- Under-ringing, which is when an employee charges a person less than what the item actually costs

At our law firm, we are well aware that shoplifting is a serious crime that can impact a person's life in many ways. A conviction, even if it doesn't lead to prison time, could make it difficult to land a job in the future. This is why we do whatever it takes to help our clients come out on top.

Regardless of the type of shoplifting charges you are facing, it's a must to know your legal rights and to have a strong defense strategy in place. When you consult with an attorney shortly after your arrest, you will feel better about your ability to put this mistake in the past once and for all.

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