Edmonds Shoplifting Defense Attorney

Experienced Criminal Defense Representation

No shoplifting laws exist in the state of Washington. Shoplifting is illegal, however, falling under Washington's theft laws as written in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 9a.56. Shoplifting consists of theft from a retail store and is generally charged as simple theft. If you are facing such a charge in or around Snohomish County, you can turn to the criminal defense firm of John F. Segelbaum, Attorney at Law. I have close to four decades of experience in handling all types of criminal cases. As a former Senior Deputy Prosecutor, I know how the state operates in prosecuting theft cases. That insight will be put to use on your behalf in developing a defense strategy geared towards an optimum outcome.

Shoplifting Charges in Snohomish County

Washington has three levels of theft charges which are based on the value of what is stolen as well as other factors pertinent to the case. The charge most commonly associated with shoplifting is third-degree theft under RCW 9a56.050. This consists of the theft of property or services valued at less than $750. This offense is charged as a gross misdemeanor and carries penalties of up to a year in jail and fines of up to $5,000. In addition to this, you may also be subject to civil action of claims and judgments by the store from which the merchandise was stolen.

Theft of goods or services valued more than $750 but less than $5,000 will result in second-degree theft charges, a Class C felony carrying penalties of up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000. This offense also includes the theft of an access device, which could be an account access such as retail store credit card. First degree theft consists of stealing goods or services valued above $5,000 or any theft which is taken directly from the victim. This offense is a Class B felony carrying penalties of up to 10 years in jail and up to a $20,000 fine. Sentencing in Washington courts is subject to the Sentencing Reform Act of 1981 (RCW 9.94A) which covers fines, mandatory minimums, and more.

Enlist the Help of a Seasoned Snohomish Criminal Lawyer

Your future can be adversely affected by a shoplifting conviction. A permanent criminal record can limit future job opportunities as well as other life opportunities. Make sure your case is properly and effectively defended. Contact my firm to schedule a free case consultation to discuss your situation with me so that I can advise you on the best way to proceed.

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