Charged With Petty Theft? Learn More About What That Means For You.
You’re walking in a store and decide to put one of the items in your coat. No big deal, right? These days, almost all places of business have some kind of electronic surveillance. What many people don’t realize is that just by putting something in your pocket, even though you haven’t left the premises yet, you can still be arrested for shoplifting. Even if it’s a small inexpensive item, there are some establishments that have a zero tolerance policy and will prosecute regardless of the value of the merchandise. Petty theft may sound minor, but it’s punishable by up to one year in the county jail.
Why You Need A Pasco County Petty Theft Attorney
In addition to jail time, some other consequences of being charged with petty theft are:
- Fines and restitution
- Losing your job
- Difficulty gaining employment
- Disqualification from military enlistment
- Suspended driver’s license
Don’t gamble with your future! Petty theft charges can have serious consequences. As a defense lawyer at Frank P. Bianco, P.A., I will work to seal your record so that only a judge or a judge’s clerk is able to see it, or I’ll work to have convictions overturned to vacate your record completely. Having your record sealed may prevent your case being found in an online background check and may prevent job loss or endangerment of potential future employment. Even if found guilty, I can move to have your adjudication withheld, which works in favor of sealing and expunging records or having your driver’s license suspended.
Theft In The Information Age
The internet makes it possible for your arrest or conviction to be broadcast all over the world. Among online newspapers, sheriff and county clerk websites, personal search pages and more, your arrest charges can follow you for years, even if they’re dismissed. The days of simply moving to another state to escape your history are long gone. Only an experienced attorney can help you attain the most favorable outcome and not allow these problems to snowball into something bigger down the road.