Shoplifting Defense Attorneys in Nashville
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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 theft crime.
At May McKinney, we offer a confidential consultation to discuss your options following a shoplifting arrest. We work diligently to combat the charges against our clients and protect their reputations. We defend juveniles who are caught stealing as well as adults who are accused of retail theft.
Call us today at (615) 265-6383 to learn how our Nashville shoplifting defense attorneys 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 shoplifting without legal advice. A misdemeanor conviction will stay on your criminal record for the rest of your life and could affect you in many ways. You may find it harder to get a job because 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.
Contact May & McKinney Today
If this is the first offense, our Nashville shoplifting defense lawyers can usually get misdemeanor theft charges dismissed. For felony shoplifting charges, we use our experience to find flaws in the prosecution's case to potentially get the charges reduced, or the case dismissed. We cannot guarantee results, but we can ensure that we work diligently on behalf of our clients to secure the best possible outcome – no matter the circumstances.
Contact our Nashville law offices today for a strategy session and find out how we can help you.
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