The best defense in a shoplifting case is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. If you represent yourself, you will have no bargaining power with the prosecutor and will only be offered unfavorable plea agreements that result in a conviction and jail time. An experienced criminal defense attorney will know the prosecutor and may be able to negotiate a continuance for dismissal, a stay of adjudication, or a stay of imposition of sentence with dismissal of the charges after one year. All of these plea agreements will insure against a permanent theft conviction on your record and help to keep you out of jail.
If you have been charged with a shoplifting case, contact Robert J. Shane at (612) 339-1024 for a free phone consultation and take advantage of 28 years of criminal defense experience.