Serious Defense Against Shoplifting Charges
Although shoplifting might not sound like a severe offense, the Minnesota criminal justice system takes it very seriously. You deserve criminal defense attorneys who will protect your rights assertively and shield you from undeserved consequences.
At Bird, Stevens & Borgen, P.C., our lawyers are devoted to helping you. With offices in Bloomington and Rochester, we have defended the rights of clients throughout the state for more than 30 years. Our team has a record of acquittals, dismissed charges and reduced sentences for a variety of criminal charges.
What Are The Penalties For Shoplifting?
Shoplifting offenses in Minnesota can be charged as misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, or felonies. A misdemeanor shoplifting conviction is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, while the most serious felony-level offense is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. The severity of the charge and the sentence depends on the amount of merchandise stolen, your previous record and any aggravating factors present. The penalties can include:
- Expensive fines
- Mandatory counseling
- Community service
- Jail or prison time
You could also experience unanticipated consequences such as harm to your personal reputation, losing your community members’ trust and having a hard time finding a job or housing because of the criminal offense on your record.
Helping You Tell Your Story To The Court
Shoplifting is often an indication of an underlying issue or obstacle that should receive attention and treatment, not punishment. Many of our clients are good people – mothers, churchgoers, teachers, business people – who were just trying to make ends meet or were caught making a bad choice.
The experienced criminal defense attorneys at Bird, Stevens & Borgen will put your story in context, helping the prosecutors and judges understand why they should dismiss your charges or offer alternative sentencing. Above all else, we will do everything in our power to protect your future.
Reach Out Now For A Strong Defense
The worst thing to do right now is to ignore your situation and hope that it resolves itself. You must take action by hiring a lawyer who can help you.