Wheaton Lawyers For Shoplifting Defense

Skilled Criminal Defense Lawyers On Your Side

Shoplifting is also known as retail theft with an emphasis on "theft." The criminal charge is not minor and a conviction can have long-term consequences. Professional and educational pursuits become difficult, if not impossible. Hiring an attorney is critical and should be the first step following an arrest. Speaking to anyone about the criminal allegations compromises both your case and your rights.

Regardless of the severity of the retail theft or shoplifting crime, the attorneys at Marquardt & Belmonte, P.C., look out for your best interests and aggressively protect your rights. In addition to 115 years of combined experience as criminal defense attorneys, all seven members of our legal team once served as DuPage County prosecutors.

Dedicated And Aggressive Defense Attorneys

Being detained by a store employee or security guard is far different from being held by the police. Retail staff members do not have to read you your rights. In fact, their goal is to have you confess in writing in an effort to supposedly avoid police involvement. While fear sets in, you do not have to give in to their demands or speak to them without an attorney.

So-called shoplifting often results from someone leaving an item in a shopping cart or their pocket with the intention of buying it prior to leaving the store. These types of oversights could lead to a prosecutor charging misdemeanor or — if the item is over $150 — felony charges.

Jail time and fines for a shoplifting or any other type of theft conviction is only the start. A criminal record will follow you while you apply for jobs or professional licensure. Do not take matters in your own hands and try to resolve the case. Do not put such an important legal matter in the hands of a lesser-experienced lawyer quick to plea bargain.

Contact A DuPage County Lawyer For Shoplifting Defense

To schedule a free initial consultation, contact us online to speak with a criminal defense trial attorney, or call our office in the Chicago area and locally at 630-517-3279 or toll free at 888-349-0695. Our office is conveniently located near the courthouse in Wheaton, Illinois.

Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request.

We accept credit cards for all fees.