Minimizing The Consequences Of Shoplifting Charges

Shoplifting, which is also known as petit larceny under the New York Penal Law section 155.25, may not seem like a big deal at first; however, a conviction can impact many areas of your life, including school, employment and may also lead to immigration consequences. Additionally, you may be subject to a civil lawsuit filed by the retail establishment under the New York General Obligations Law.

If you or a loved one has been charged with shoplifting or petit larceny in Queens County, or any other county in the New York City area, you need legal representation right away. Please do not hesitate to contact my Queens office.

Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer For Shoplifting Arrests

At the Law Office of Luke Scardigno, I focus primarily on criminal defense. As an experienced shoplifting lawyer, I understand what you are going through and I know what you need to keep your criminal record clean. I have been helping people fight criminal charges of petit larceny for more than 25 years, and I am dedicated to helping you protect your rights, your future and your criminal record. Recently, more and more clients tell me that the police officer who arrested them, told them they did not need to hire a lawyer because shoplifting is a minor charge. Let me ask you a question. "Do you think if that police officer, or a family member of that officer, was arrested, that he or she would not find a good criminal lawyer for representation?" Why wouldn't you?

Protecting You From A Shoplifting Conviction

An arrest for shoplifting, for even something of little value, can have far-reaching consequences in your life. It may result in a criminal record that can make it difficult to qualify for student loans or achieve gainful employment. That is why it is important to hire an attorney who knows what to do to avoid that consequence as soon as possible. I will put my knowledge and experience to work for you by avoiding the harsh consequences of a conviction, including possible immigration issues that arise when a noncitizen is convicted of a crime. Don't be like the clients who call my law office to ask what they can do to get a conviction off their record. That is very difficult and expensive to do. Be the client who calls so that conviction never gets on your record!

Criminal And Civil Defense For Petit Larceny Cases

It is common practice on the part of major retail stores to file a civil collection action against people accused of shoplifting pursuant to the New York General Obligations Law. This will occur in addition to any criminal proceedings against you. I can provide you with vigorous representation in both cases, which can save you the time and expense of hiring two separate attorneys. In every case, it is important to get legal representation to help ensure that your rights and records are protected.

Free Consultation With An Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer

A petit larceny arrest should never be taken lightly. Contact me online or call 718-414-6186 to schedule a free consultation. I represent clients who have been arrested in Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island or any other New York City borough, as well as Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties.

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