In addition to possible jail time and a fine, a conviction for theft or shoplifting can leave a mark on your record. This can adversely affect your career options as well as other aspects of your life.
Jeff Gilbert is a former Harris County prosecutor who now defends the rights and freedom of people accused of property crimes such as:
In cases involving theft, shoplifting, and other property offenses, a defense attorney often has several options. The severity of theft charges are based on the value of the property in question and other factors. It may be possible to persuade a prosecutor to agree to deferred adjudication, which avoids a conviction. In other cases, it may make sense to aggressively defend the accused using the facts and law.
Our firm will explain your options and the likely outcomes of those options. Based on your decision, we will work to protect your rights, defend your freedom, and obtain the best outcome possible.
It is important to obtain legal representation as quickly as possible. Prior to charges being filed, in a number of cases Jeff Gilbert has been able to persuade a prosecutor to reduce a charge or not to file a charge at all.
If you have been charged with shoplifting, it is important to avoid penalties or limit the penalties you incur to the extent that is possible.
Some shoplifting charges are based on misunderstandings or result from the actions of overzealous security guards. In other cases, people make unwise decisions without thinking about the consequences.
Whatever your situation, the Jeff Gilbert Law Office in Lake Jackson, Texas will work diligently to defend your rights and obtain the best outcome possible in your case.In a case involving a first-time offender, we may be able to reduce the charge to a Class C disorderly conduct charge, in exchange for a letter of apology to the store and attendance in an anti-theft class. We may also be able to clear your record through a petition for non-disclosure or sealing of a juvenile record.
To avoid or limit the damage a shoplifting or burglary offense can have on your life, you need an effective defense advocate on your side. Contact the Jeff Gilbert Law Office to arrange for a meeting with Jeff Gilbert to discuss your options. He is prepared to listen to your story and help you understand your next step toward restoring your life.