If you have been accused of shoplifting or any other type of petty theft, you could be facing a jail sentence and a criminal record. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can make sure your side of the story is told and may be able to help you avoid these serious consequences.
At the Law Office of Charles B. Smith, we provide dedicated, compassionate representation to clients accused of stealing. San Mateo petty theft attorney Charles B. Smith — a former police officer and former prosecutor — has more than 25 years of California criminal law experience.
Making Sure Your Personal Circumstances Are Taken Into Account
Although it is classified as a property crime, petty theft is rarely committed for economic gain. Often, people take things without any real intent to deprive anyone else of property. Very often, shoplifting is a coping mechanism used to deal with extreme psychological stress.
By taking the time to get to know our clients and understand their motivations, we are often able to identify mitigating factors and build our defense strategy around those factors.
If you hire us to defend you against petty theft charges, we will not take the accusations against you at face value. We will work hard to put a human face on your actions and take every opportunity to get your charges dismissed or defeat them in court.
Contact an Experienced San Mateo Shoplifting Charge Attorney
If you have been charged with petty theft in California, it is important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 650-425-7703 or e-mail us. We accept credit cards, are available outside of regular business hours, and regularly visit our clients who are in jail.