Shoplifting & Retail Theft Attorney

Retail Theft and Shoplifting Defense

A shoplifting conviction can seriously effect your reputation and ability to maintain employment. Just the arrest can have devastating consequences. It is essential to have an experienced retail theft & shoplifting lawyer on your side.  We examine each shoplifting case to determine if it can be dismissed and removed from your record. If this is a first offense, the courts in Orange County, Seminole County and Osceola County all have pretrial diversion programs for first time offenders which will ultimately result in dismissal of your shoplifting charges. You may also be eligible to seal or expunge your shoplifting case. Once hired, we will:

  1. Collect and review all written, audio and video evidence;
  2. Identify all possible defenses;
  3. Negotiate with your prosecutor for a dismissal or reduced charges;
  4. Qualify you for a pretrial diversion program, and
  5. Do whatever is necessary to avoid a criminal conviction.

Personal Attention to Your Shoplifting Case

When you call our Orlando criminal defense law firm, you will speak with directly with Bryce Fetter. Additionally, once retained, you have direct access to your criminal defense lawyer as every client has Bryce Fetter’s personal cell phone number. Bryce Fetter will personally handle all aspects of your shoplifting case. You will be able to call, text or email him directly. Your case will not be assigned to a less-experienced attorney. Your shoplifting case will get his full attention.

First-Time Arrest and Pretrial Diversion for Shoplifting

The vast majority of our clients charged with shoplifting (also referred to as petit theft, petty theft or retail theft) are women who have never been arrested before. In many of these cases, our client is terrified about how the arrest and prosecution will affect future employment opportunities. We are experienced in working with women to defend them against an accusation of any Orange County or Seminole County shoplifting allegation. Both counties have varying shoplifting pretrial diversion programs for first-time offenders. After diversion approval and contract signing, each county will require you to attend and complete a one day anti-theft class, perform community service and submit written monthly reports to a pretrial diversion officer. Contact our law firm to discuss your pretrial diversion eligibility and the approval process.

The Civil Demand Letter Pursuant to Florida Statute 772.11

The retail store may mail you a civil demand letter demanding payment for their loss. The store will mail you this civil demand letter even when they recover all merchandise. Paying the money demanded will have no affect on your criminal case and may cause your name to be placed into a nationwide theft database. If you are sent a demand letter stating that you are liable for shoplifting damages, you should talk to a criminal defense lawyer who handles such cases. Most of the time, you can safely ignore such letters, but it’s always a good idea to talk to an attorney about the specifics of your case before you decide what action to take. If you are someone you know has questions about Florida civil demand letters in petit theft cases, contact Orlando criminal attorney Bryce Fetter. We offer free case consultations and routinely handle these matters throughout the Orlando area.

Florida Shoplifting & Retail Theft Penalties in Orlando

The penalty for a Florida shoplifting charge depends on the value of the merchandise at issue. If the value of the merchandise is less than $100, the offense is a second-degree petit theft. If the value of the item is more than $100, but nor more than $300, the offense is a first-degree petit theft. If the merchandise is more than $300, the offense is will be charged as grand theft.

The most severe penalty associated with any theft charge is an adjudication of guilt/conviction. By Florida law a criminal conviction can’t be removed from your record. That’s why our top priority is resolving your case without a formal conviction.

Call Bryce Fetter Today

We offer a free consultation so that we can learn about you, learn about your case and determine how we can help.

Retail Theft and Shoplifting Defense

A shoplifting conviction can seriously effect your reputation and ability to maintain employment. Just the arrest can have devastating consequences. It is essential to have an experienced retail theft & shoplifting lawyer on your side.  We examine each shoplifting case to determine if it can be dismissed and removed from your record. If this is a first offense, the courts in Orange County, Seminole County and Osceola County all have pretrial diversion programs for first time offenders which will ultimately result in dismissal of your shoplifting charges. You may also be eligible to seal or expunge your shoplifting case. Once hired, we will:

  1. Collect and review all written, audio and video evidence;
  2. Identify all possible defenses;
  3. Negotiate with your prosecutor for a dismissal or reduced charges;
  4. Qualify you for a pretrial diversion program, and
  5. Do whatever is necessary to avoid a criminal conviction.

Personal Attention to Your Shoplifting Case

When you call our Orlando criminal defense law firm, you will speak with directly with Bryce Fetter. Additionally, once retained, you have direct access to your criminal defense lawyer as every client has Bryce Fetter’s personal cell phone number. Bryce Fetter will personally handle all aspects of your shoplifting case. You will be able to call, text or email him directly. Your case will not be assigned to a less-experienced attorney. Your shoplifting case will get his full attention.

First-Time Arrest and Pretrial Diversion for Shoplifting

The vast majority of our clients charged with shoplifting (also referred to as petit theft, petty theft or retail theft) are women who have never been arrested before. In many of these cases, our client is terrified about how the arrest and prosecution will affect future employment opportunities. We are experienced in working with women to defend them against an accusation of any Orange County or Seminole County shoplifting allegation. Both counties have varying shoplifting pretrial diversion programs for first-time offenders. After diversion approval and contract signing, each county will require you to attend and complete a one day anti-theft class, perform community service and submit written monthly reports to a pretrial diversion officer. Contact our law firm to discuss your pretrial diversion eligibility and the approval process.

The Civil Demand Letter Pursuant to Florida Statute 772.11

The retail store may mail you a civil demand letter demanding payment for their loss. The store will mail you this civil demand letter even when they recover all merchandise. Paying the money demanded will have no affect on your criminal case and may cause your name to be placed into a nationwide theft database. If you are sent a demand letter stating that you are liable for shoplifting damages, you should talk to a criminal defense lawyer who handles such cases. Most of the time, you can safely ignore such letters, but it’s always a good idea to talk to an attorney about the specifics of your case before you decide what action to take. If you are someone you know has questions about Florida civil demand letters in petit theft cases, contact Orlando criminal attorney Bryce Fetter. We offer free case consultations and routinely handle these matters throughout the Orlando area.

Florida Shoplifting & Retail Theft Penalties in Orlando

The penalty for a Florida shoplifting charge depends on the value of the merchandise at issue. If the value of the merchandise is less than $100, the offense is a second-degree petit theft. If the value of the item is more than $100, but nor more than $300, the offense is a first-degree petit theft. If the merchandise is more than $300, the offense is will be charged as grand theft.

The most severe penalty associated with any theft charge is an adjudication of guilt/conviction. By Florida law a criminal conviction can’t be removed from your record. That’s why our top priority is resolving your case without a formal conviction.

Retail Theft and Shoplifting Lawyer

Our goal is to help you avoid a theft conviction on your permanent criminal record. Contact shoplifting lawyer Bryce Fetter for a free consultation. In addition to keeping normal business hours, our office is open every Saturday. Call 407-740-7275 to speak directly with an experienced shoplifting lawyer in Winter Park, Florida for any Orange County or Seminole County shoplifting case.

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