Retail Theft - Shoplifting


South Florida criminal defense attorney Michael Salazar of the Fort Lauderdale Salazar Law Firm represents adults and juveniles who have been charged with retail theft. Businesses in South Florida spend millions of dollars every year on security equipment and loss prevention personnel to prevent retail theft (shoplifting), and almost all businesses require prosecution as a matter of policy. If you are arrested for shoplifting—even if you are released with a Notice to Appear (NTA) and given a mandatory court date—it is a serious matter. A shoplifting arrest can lead to jail time, fines, and even the loss of your FL driver’s license for repeat convictions. Additionally, employers are reticent to hire prospective employees with property crime charges, like retail theft, on their criminal histories. Contact criminal defense lawyer Michael Salazar immediately to begin building your legal defense.

Shoplifting in the State of Florida

Retail theft or shoplifting is a property crime. Whether it is a misdemeanor or felony offense depends on the cumulative dollar value of the items that were allegedly stolen. Typically what occurs is that a store employee will observe someone conceal an item and walk past the registers. It is important to note that there is nothing illegal about concealing an item inside the store unless one attempts to leave with it. The store security will stop the person and ask him or her to come back inside, at which point the police are notified. A representative of the store will provide the police with a statement and sign an affidavit for prosecution. Consequently, shoplifting cases hinge on the statements of store security employees and not those of trained police officers. Criminal defense attorney Michael Salazar is often able to win an acquittal based on the flawed testimony of loss prevention personnel or errors in their statements.

Private Criminal Defense Lawyer of South Florida

Criminal defense attorney Michael Salazar represents individuals who have been charged with:

  • Petit Retail Theft – The cumulative value of the property is less than $300 (Misdemeanor)
  • Felony Retail Theft – The cumulative value of the property is $300 or greater (Felony)
  • Repeat Conviction Shoplifting – There are two prior convictions for retail theft (Felony and Florida driver’s license can be suspended)
  • Price tag switching
  • Possession of an anti-shoplifting countermeasure device
  • Tampering with anti-shoplifting or inventory control device

Do not risk your continued liberty and future employment prospects to a shoplifting conviction. Contact a reputable and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney today. To schedule an appointment at the Salazar Law Firm call (954) 278-8314.

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