If you’ve been arrested for shoplifting or larceny in Virginia, the most important thing to do is secure competent, experienced legal help. The burden of proof is on the prosecutor, but a mistake on the part of an inexperienced attorney could hand the prosecution the case.
Few crimes in our society carry the stigma of a larceny conviction, and in Virginia, a conviction for any offense, whether a misdemeanor or a felony, stays on your record forever. This is especially important for individuals without U.S. citizenship, as a criminal conviction will seriously jeopardize their presence in the U.S.
Although the crime and its consequences are serious, there remains hope. The prosecutor has to prove several crucial components in order to secure a conviction.
- The prosecutor has to prove that the accused took the property without the property owner’s consent.
- The prosecutor must prove that the stolen property was worth a specific amount in order to establish the charge as either a misdemeanor or a felony.
- The prosecutor must prove that the accused individual actually carried out the crime.
- And the prosecutor must prove “beyond reasonable doubt” that the accused is actually a criminal offender, which is not an easy thing to do.
Here at the Law Offices Of Faraji Rosenthall, I worked as a prosecutor in Fairfax County for several years, which makes me uniquely suited to help you in your larceny / shoplifting case. We prepare extensively before court dates, and are prepared to aggressively pursue a favorable outcome in your case.
Call today for a free consultation (703) 934-0101 where we will happily discuss your case, either face to face or over the phone. We have three offices to serve you in Fairfax, Manassas and Alexandria VA.