Shoplifting & Theft Attorney
Desk Appearance Ticket Defense
If you have been issued a desk appearance ticket after an alleged shoplifting
or theft incident, it will be critical to gain an understanding of the
implications of your arrest and how it can possibly lead to a criminal
conviction. Our office is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals
charged with shoplifting throughout New York City. During your consultation,
Mr. Fletcher can determine which course of action can secure the best
possible result for you. In some cases, a complete dismissal of all charges
is possible but this depends on the facts and circumstances of your case.
Defending Your Reputation
More than ever, mistakes can follow you throughout your life. Prosecutors
and even judges often fail to realize the harsh consequences of a criminal
conviction. A criminal conviction often causes immigration, international
travel, and employment problems. These consequences can be permanent.
For instance, an aspiring nurse may be denied a nursing license and despite
graduating from a top RN program with excellent grades, he or she may
never be able to find a job as a nurse because of an old shoplifting conviction.
Mistakes happen all the time, but when a mistake results in an arrest
by way of a desk appearance ticket, your rights, reputation, and freedom
is at risk. Shoplifting typically refers to the act of stealing money
from a retail establishment. This is commonly charged in New York as petit
larceny (P.L. 155.25), for stealing property, and criminal possession
of stolen property (P.L. 165.40) for possessing an item that was allegedly
Shoplifting, petit larceny, and theft, regardless of the value of the merchandise,
can result in serious penalties, including:
- Up to 1 year in jail
- Up to 3 years of probation
- Fines of up to $2,000
- Community service
- Restitution and / or reparation
- A civil lawsuit
- Immigration consequences, including deportation
- International travel problems
- Employment problems
- Consequences for financial sector, governmental, and other professional employees
Do not make the mistake of assuming that a desk appearance ticket is somehow
less serious than an actual arrest. A desk appearance ticket means that
your arrest has been referred to the District Attorney for prosecution.
As a former prosecutor, Lance Fletcher is in an advantageous position
to defend you.
Were you ticketed for theft? Call The Law Office of Lance Fletcher PLLC today
Whether you are innocent, made a mistake, were caught in the wrong place
at the wrong time, or simply didn't know that what you were doing
was illegal, desk appearance ticket defense lawyer Lance Fletcher will
fight for you. Any shoplifting or theft-related crime can carry serious
penalties, even for first-time offenders.
Contact the firm
today to learn about your rights and the possible defenses that may be
available to you after being issued a desk appearance ticket for shoplifting
in New York.