New York City Shoplifting Attorney
Former Manhattan Prosecutor Fighting to Protect Your Rights
Being arrested for shoplifting is a very stressful experience. A New York City shoplifting arrest usually starts when you are confronted by store security. This confrontation can occur while you are still inside the store, or outside on the sidewalk. It can happen on the same day as the alleged theft or on a later date when you return to the store. From there, you may be taken to a back room inside the store where store security looks through your personal bags and searches you for stolen merchandise. When the merchandise is found, the police are often called and you can be handcuffed and taken to a police precinct. From there, the arresting officer can release you with a desk appearance ticket which has a court date to appear for your arraignment or send you to central booking for arraignment. An arraignment is the first time you see a criminal court judge and it is designed for the filing of shoplifting charges, the entry of your plea, and a decision regarding whether to release you or set bail.
Few accusations are more embarrassing and threatening to one's future than to be called a thief. Although retail stores are quick to make this accusation, the circumstances are usually less than clear. By speaking to an experienced New York City shoplifting lawyer, you can discover what will happen in court, the seriousness of your situation, and ways to avoid a criminal record and other severe penalties. We offer confidential case evaluations regarding your upcoming court date and our office is located conveniently in Manhattan. Regardless of the circumstances of your case, all shoplifting charges must be aggressively defended. We have successfully defended clients accused of retail theft in all New York City courts including Manhattan (100 Centre Street and Midtown Community Court), Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, and the surrounding area. Lance Fletcher, a former Manhattan prosecutor, has successfully handled over one-thousand criminal cases in New York City Criminal Court.