Shoplifting is a very common crime in Virginia. Unfortunately, many people are not aware of the consequences of being convicted of shoplifting.
There are two main types of shoplifting: misdemeanor larceny (also known as petit larceny) and felony grand larceny. The benchmark for felony grand larceny is very low; it is any theft valuing $200 or more. Thus, if you are caught shoplifting, you could easily be facing felony charges.
Shoplifting is not considered a violent crime, but it is considered a “sign of moral turpitude”, and a shoplifting conviction can have serious consequences. Not only can it never be expunged, it will affect future employment (in any job requiring security clearance) and will reflect poorly on your credibility in custody disputes, for instance, or when giving testimony.
Even if it is your first offense, the consequences can be enormous. That is why it is very important to have an attorney experienced in handling these types of cases. They will know every avenue of defense and work very hard at getting you off. Even if the evidence against you seems overwhelming, make sure to fight it. There may be avenues of defense you do not see. Don’t let one mistake ruin the rest of your life
If you are facing this situation, Faraji Rosenthall offers free consultations to discuss the matter. Simply call (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.