Petty theft and shoplifting charges can greatly affect your future. It is a crime of moral turpitude, can affect government licensing, immigration, education, careers and security clearances. If you entered the store with the intent to steal, a burglary charge is added. Even if you were caught stealing with no defense and confessed, there are things that can be done through negotiations and plea bargaining based on your individual situation which may result in lesser charges or penalties. There are a number of factors in any case which can make a difference, like lack of prior record, career, medications, personal circumstances and possible defenses. If you have been convicted of a theft related offense previously, this increases the seriousness and exposure to additional consequences, especially if there is also a probation violation. We have more than 30 years experience as lawyers defending those accused of petty theft, shoplifting, burglary, embezzlement, grand theft and robbery in North County, and we will give you straight answers on what to expect and what we can do to help. Call us at 760-659-2149 to schedule a free consultation, or to speak with us. We'll provide you with the highest level of professional representation, be available for you, and develop a strategy that will help you to get the best possible result in your case.