Don't Plead Guilty Before Talking to an Attorney
Pleading guilty to shoplifting or another misdemeanor theft charge may seem like the easiest way to keep from going to jail and to put a mistake behind you. Don't make a second mistake in thinking that it's not worth it to fight for your rights if you have been charged with shoplifting. Just because the charge you face seems minor, the consequences can be severe.
If you plead guilty, it's the same as being convicted of a crime. You will be left with a permanent criminal record that can follow you for the rest of your life. When you fill out an application for a new job or lease, you may be required to disclose the fact that you have a conviction on your record. A guilty plea can cost you a lot. Contact us today to learn how we can help.
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The good news is that there are often diversionary programs designed to offer a second chance to people who have been arrested for shoplifting. At the New York City law firm of Ginsberg & Katsorhis, we have a good track record of helping clients obtain deferred adjudication and probation in shoplifting cases.
If you are eligible for a diversionary program and you complete it successfully, your arrest record will be sealed. This means that your arrest for shoplifting will not show up on a background check for a future job opportunity or housing application.
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You can trust the experienced team at Ginsberg & Katsorhis to fight shoplifting charges. Call our Queens office toll-free at (718) 591-6900 to discuss your case in a free and confidential consultation with an experienced criminal defense trial lawyer. You may also contact us by e-mail now.
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