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Allegations of theft or shoplifting are always a nightmare. Our criminal defense attorneys can help. Call now for a free case evaluation.

Theft crimes, including shoplifting in Washington State

Anytime someone has been branded as a thief, it will make their life much more difficult. The stigma associated with being a convicted thief will impact your ability to keep and get a job in the future.

This lasting punishment is often more damaging that the potential jail and fines associated with a conviction. If you are being accused of stealing, it is important to protect your rights and future by contacting an experienced attorney as soon as possible. The Law Offices of Jason Newcombe are here to answer your questions during a free initial consultation.

The crime of theft can be charged under three separate degrees which indicate the seriousness. The seriousness is dependent on the value of the items allegedly stolen and sometimes on what the items are. Theft 1° and 2 ° are felonies which are handled by the Superior court in the county where the alleged theft took place. Theft 3° is a gross misdemeanor which means the maximum penalty is 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. Gross misdemeanors are heard either in the local municipal court or the local county district court.

When being accused of shoplifting, it is especially important to contact an attorney quickly because there will often be time sensitive deadlines. In addition to being charged criminally with theft, the store may also choose to sue you for your actions and the damages that you caused. They are permitted to do this even if they recovered all of the items stolen.

This type of case will not go away on its own. You need an attorney who will make sure you get the best resolution possible. It is a frightening position to be in and you need an attorney to protect your future. Call our offices now to discuss your case.