Defending Minnesotans Charged With Shoplifting
Shoplifting can be a thoughtless act, a youthful transgression or a symptom of a psychological problem. Conviction on a shoplifting charge is anything but trivial. It can prevent you from getting a job, renting an apartment, obtaining a professional license or being accepted into a college program.
If you have been charged with shoplifting, it is important to discuss your case with a criminal defense lawyer who knows how to protect your interests. I am attorney Justin Schiks, and I defend people of all ages who have been charged with shoplifting and other forms of theft. I am a respected trial lawyer and an excellent negotiator who will work to minimize the negative consequences of a shoplifting charge.
Shoplifting as a Symptom
Many people who shoplift do not do so because they need the items they are taking or are unable to pay for them. Some are suffering from a mental health issue. People with emotional problems or repressed feelings sometimes act out in unusual ways. Shoplifting is one of those ways. In these types of cases, I may persuade the judge and prosecutor that mental health treatment aimed at addressing the core issue would be more likely to prevent repeat offenses than punishment.
Shoplifting as a Youthful Transgression
Young people may not understand that taking $50 worth of baby food or makeup today can jeopardize their ability to earn a living for years to come.
I have successfully defended clients who were found outside of a store carrying merchandise they did not purchase. In some cases, I have shown that my client did not intend to take the item, but merely forgot to put it back. I am often able to get clients into diversion programs so that a shoplifting charge will not remain on their criminal record.
Do not minimize the potential consequences of a shoplifting charge. Call 651-504-2564 or contact me by email to discuss your case.