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Shoplifting Charges in Modesto

What is California Penal Code 459.5 PC?

As defined by California penal code 459.5 PC, shoplifting is “Entering a commercial establishment with intent to commit larceny while that establishment is open during regular business hours, where the value of the property that is taken or intended to be taken does not exceed nine hundred fifty dollars ($950).” This means theft does not even have to occur in order for shoplifting to be charged, but being found to have the intent is enough to warrant a conviction. Likewise, you must be proven to have intended to steal when entering the establishment in order to be charged with shoplifting, otherwise the crime is charged as petty theft.

When facing shoplifting charges, it is important to retain the services of a Modesto Criminal Defense attorney with the experience and knowledge brought about by many years of trial law practice. Attorney Mark Girdner of the Law Offices of Mark W. Girdner has over 18 years of experience defending clients in court, and has a long record of success. A former Deputy District Attorney, Mr. Girdner has the familiarity and detailed knowledge necessary to provide top-rated criminal defense representation.

Call the Law Offices of Mark W. Girdner today by dialing (209) 326-1533 and request a free case evaluation.

Shoplifting Penalties

In most cases, shoplifting is considered a misdemeanor offense in California. A misdemeanor charge can have serious ramifications on your future, making a well-orchestrated criminal defense vital to the preservation of your well-being.

Misdemeanor shoplifting charges can carry the following penalties:

  • Up to six months in jail
  • A fine of up to $1,000
  • Permanent criminal record

These penalties can be augmented, however, and you could potentially face felony charges for shoplifting if you have a previous criminal history that involves any serious convictions, such as homicide or any sex crimes that force you to register as a sex offender.

A skilled attorney will be able to assist you in developing a hard-hitting criminal defense by analyzing the evidence of your case and determining the best course of legal action. Don’t face your prosecutors alone, trust in the skilled defense abilities of Attorney Mark Girdner to defend your case.

If you are facing shoplifting charges, time is not on your side! Secure legal representation today by contacting the Law Offices of Mark W. Girdner.

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