Department stores such as Wal-Mart, Target, Nordstrom and The Green Wagon are becoming increasingly aggressive about prosecuting shoplifters. Depending on the value of the item you are accused of taking, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony.
At the Law Office of Rob McKinney in Nashville, Tennessee, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your options following a shoplifting arrest. We will work diligently to combat the charges against you and protect your reputation. We defend juveniles who are caught stealing as well as adults who are accused of retail theft.
Call us today at 615-686-2115 to learn how we can help you.
Tennessee Shoplifting Laws
In Tennessee, shoplifting is a theft crime. Taking items with a retail value of $500 or less than $500 is known as petty theft, which is a misdemeanor. Taking items with a retail value of more than $500 is grand theft, a felony.
While you are not likely to face jail time for a misdemeanor theft conviction, you should never plead guilty to the charges without legal advice. A misdemeanor conviction will stay on your criminal record for the rest of your life and could affect you in a number of ways. You may find it harder to get a job, since employers routinely conduct background checks of prospective employees. Banks, insurance companies, landlords and others may also check to see if you have a criminal history and may treat you differently if you do. A felony conviction for grand theft would be even more damaging to your future.
If this is your first offense, Nashville shoplifting defense attorney Rob McKinney can usually get misdemeanor theft charges dismissed. If you are charged with a felony, Rob can use his experience to find flaws in the prosecution's case to potentially get the charges either reduced or dismissed.
Defense Of Shoplifting Charges In Tennessee
It is important that the lawyer you choose to represent you understands the nuances of identity theft. Nashville shoplifting lawyer Rob McKinney has the experience needed to protect your rights and advocate for a positive resolution to your case. To arrange a free initial consultation, please contact us online or call 615-686-2115.