Theft and Shoplifting DC

Defending Your Rights with Theft and Shoplifting Lawyers in Washington, DC

Monument Legal specializes in defending individuals against theft and Shoplifting charges in Washington, DC. There is both a misdemeanor and felony variety of theft, depending on the value of the items stolen. Shoplifting is often used interchangeably with theft.

It is crucial to have an experienced DC theft and shoplifting attorney represent you if you have been charged with either crime.

An experienced DC theft and shoplifting lawyer can assess your case’s strengths and weaknesses, negotiate with the prosecution, and provide guidance throughout the legal process. They can challenge evidence, negotiate diversion agreements, and represent you in court to get you the best possible outcome for your circumstance.

The criminal defense attorneys at Monument Legal have the courtroom-tested legal experience needed to defend you against theft and shoplifting charges and tenaciously fight for the best possible results in your case.

Stop delaying and schedule a consult. Find out what you are facing in a complimentary consultation with an experienced DC theft and shoplifting attorney and rest easier tonight!

Frequently Asked Questions

In Washington DC, theft is the unauthorized taking of property from another person with the intent to permanently deprive them of it. There are two main categories of theft:

  1. Theft first degree: This is a felony offense and applies when the value of the stolen property is greater than $1,000.
  2. Theft second degree: This is a misdemeanor offense and applies when the value of the stolen property is $1,000 or less.

Regardless of whether it is classified a misdemeanor of felony theft, the prosecutor must prove three elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

  • Ownership: The property in question belonged to another person. The prosecutor needs to establish that the defendant wasn’t the rightful owner of the allegedly stolen item.
  • Wrongful Taking or Use: The defendant obtained or used the property without authorization. This can involve physically taking the property, but also using it in a way that the owner didn’t intend or approve of.
  • Criminal Intent: The defendant acted with the intent to deprive the owner of the property. This means the prosecutor needs to show the defendant planned to permanently keep the property from the rightful owner. A simple mistake or misunderstanding is not enough for a conviction.

The penalties for theft are determined by whether you are charged with the misdemeanor or felony variety.

Theft first degree is a felony with a maximum penalty is 10 years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Theft second degree is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

Shoplifting refers specifically to stealing from a retail establishment. Although there is a separate shoplifting statute, in practice, most shoplifters are charged with either first or second degree theft.

Shoplifting doesn’t require proof that the person actually left the store without paying. It is enough to show they concealed the item with the intent to steal it. Other than that, the prosecutor must prove the same elements for shoplifting as they would for Theft.

Consult with a DC Theft Lawyer

Consult with a DC Theft Lawyer

If you or a loved one is facing theft or shoplifting charges in Washington, DC, consulting with an experienced theft or shoplifting lawyer is essential. An experienced theft attorney can help you understand your options, build a defense strategy, and navigate the legal system effectively. Contact Monument Legal today for a consultation and personalized legal assistance tailored to your case.

Why choose Monument Legal?

We have extensive experience handling theft and shoplifting charges and are familiar with the judges and the prosecutors. In addition, we will be by your side every step of the way, keeping you informed, answering your questions, and addressing your concerns. Our one goal in every case is to get our clients the best possible outcome. We care about your case, and we care about you.

Monument Legal consistently provides excellent results for their clients, including:

  • Diversion agreements
  • No jail time
  • Not Guilty Trial Verdicts