Shoplifting Criminal Defense Attorney in Denver, Colorado
Shoplifting is defined as a person concealing any unpaid merchandise from a retail establishment. It is unlawful to knowingly manufacture anti theft devises or attempt to deactivate any anti theft devise prior to the purchase of merchandise without authorization.
Philip M. Smith • Attorney • Denver, Colorado
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Shoplifting is one of the fastest growing crimes in our neighborhoods. It affects anyone and everyone. Especially during these trying times the temptation to meet the needs of our children and ourselves may cause a person to do something out of character. Whether is it pocketing a bag of chips from the gas station or an expensive scarf from a department store, facing criminal charges for shoplifting can be a life changing event and can even result in deportation.
How I Can Help YOU
The humiliation and embarrassment of being accused of Shoplifting is understandable. You can be assured you will be not be judged but treated with the utmost courtesy and confidentiality as a client in my law firm.
Philip M. Smith has over 35 years of legal experience
as a judge, district attorney, and a private attorney
practicing in all areas of criminal defense law including
Crimes Against Property.
Your criminal history or lack of a criminal history is often the deciding factor for effective resolution of a municipal ordinance violation, county or district court conviction. As an experienced criminal defense attorney, I work to diminish prior offenses or call attention to a good record to ensure that my client receives the most favorable disposition possible.
I will work in your behalf to get the best resolution to your case by working to have the charges dismissed, obtain a Deferred Judgment or Diversion if possible. Upon successful competition of a deferred judgment or the Diversion program, your criminal case is eligible for Sealing. I can handle the sealing procedures for you at that time.
A Shoplifting conviction is not eligible for Sealing. It is important to fully explore the facts and law before taking a guilty plea. Shoplifting is frequently a municipal ordinance violation with a maximum of 1 year in jail and a $1000 fine. However, Shoplifting charges occur in county or district courts. County court has jurisdiction up to less than $1000. District courts have jurisdiction over $1000 amounts for Shoplifting. The dollar amount of the theft determines the level of the sentence.
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Denver Colorado Attorney Philip M. Smith
An arrest, charges and possible conviction information will be available to law enforcement, military, government agencies and the public. Landlords and employers will not risk their property or the property of their tenants and employees by renting or hiring a person who they see as a threat because of your charge or conviction.
Contact My Law Office
If you need a criminal defense lawyer for your Colorado Shoplifting criminal charge, or if you have questions about criminal charges, I encourage you to contact me at my Denver, Colorado law office, Philip M. Smith, 303-333-8900 today for a free and confidential initial consultation.