Norfolk Attorney for Shoplifting Charges and Other Theft Crime Defense
The penalties for theft, known in legal terms as larceny, depend entirely on the value of the item or items stolen. In Virginia, stealing something valued over $200 is generally considered grand larceny, a felony offense subject up to a maximum of 20 years in jail. However, even the penalties for lesser theft crimes such as petty larceny or shoplifting, which are Class 1 misdemeanors, are strict, up to and including one year in jail.
If you were charged with shoplifting, petty larceny or a more serious theft crime, contact Virginia Beach theft defense lawyer. We defend clients throughout the Hampton Roads charged with:
- Petit or petty larceny
- Grand larceny
- Employee theft
Theft crimes are highly fact-specific and can quickly become technical. A criminal defense lawyer will review the evidence and may be able to negotiate a reduction in charges or suppress evidence obtained through illegal search.
We also defend youth who have been charged with juvenile crimes involving theft. If your high school student or college-age child was arrested for shoplifting or larceny, we offer knowledgeable and dedicated defense throughout the juvenile court system.
Theft Crimes and Other Crimes Can Affect Your Immigration Status
If you are a legal immigrant working or living in the United States, a criminal conviction for shoplifting or any sort of theft crime could be considered a crime of moral turpitude, and can be used as grounds to start deportation and removal proceedings. Therefore, if you have been charged with a theft crime or any other type of crime, it is important that you contact a firm that has experience handling both criminal defense and immigration matters.
At Valverde & Rowell, P.C., our immigration and criminal defense attorneys will work together on your case, taking steps to ensure your rights and freedom are protected on all fronts.
Whether you were charged with shoplifting at Wal-Mart, grand larceny or burglary, contact Valverde & Rowell, P.C., at 757.383.9947 or 866.719.0059 toll free for experienced, aggressive defense.