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.

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“I found myself in need of a criminal attorney as I was talking to Justin I was immediately put at ease and I knew I was in great hands. He is by far the most professional and personable lawyer I have ever worked with. He kept me up to date on everything that was happening in my case and helped keep my mind at ease and kept me relaxed and not stressed. If I ever find myself in need of a lawyer again. He will be my FIRST call. I highly recommend him to everyone.”- Dean