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 shoplifted.

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.

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