A Guilty Plea Cannot Be Undone
You need a lawyer if you've been charged with shoplifting.
Don’t make the mistake of assuming that shoplifting is a minor criminal charge and that you can deal with it alone. Anyone charged with any crime, including shoplifting, needs an experienced criminal defence lawyer to get the best results possible. Sean May is a skilled criminal defence lawyer in Ottawa, with experience defending individuals from shoplifting charges.
Just because you have been caught shoplifting and charged does not mean that you will be convicted. Never assume that your case is hopeless. Contact Sean May and have your case reviewed by a professional before you enter a plea.
Sean May will ensure that you understand the charges that you face, the potential consequences of a conviction and your options. Contact Sean May today at (613) 454-1237.
What can Sean May do to help?
Upon reviewing your case, Sean May will know:
- Whether the case against you can be proved. If it can’t, the charges must be dismissed.
- Whether you have a defence.
- Whether you qualify for a diversion program.
- Which crown prosecutors to approach to discuss the availability of a diversion program or to negotiate a plea bargain.
- How to conduct a trial and what to say in front of particular judges to get the best possible results in your situation.
You don’t have the knowledge or skill necessary to get the results that you can expect from Sean May. Nor should you ever try to negotiate a deal with a crown prosecutor on your own behalf. There is an imbalance of power between you and the prosecutor that must be corrected if you want to successfully negotiate a plea bargain or involvement in a diversion program.
What is shoplifting?
Not sure what it means to be charged with shoplifting? Criminal laws, including shoplifting laws, can be complex and confusing.
Shoplifting is the act of taking something, or trying to take something, from a store without paying for it. Concealing an item from a store on your person may be interpreted as trying to take something, even if you haven’t tried to leave the store yet.
Sean May can analyze your case and help you determine if your actions could properly be interpreted as shoplifting. You need the skill and expertise of Sean May in order to successfully defend the charges against you.
Consequences of shoplifting.
If you are caught shoplifting, the store security guard may stop you and call the police. The police may take you to the police station and charge you with shoplifting.
If you are convicted of shoplifting, penalties can include the following:
- Restitution orders.
- ines and victim surcharges.
- Jail time.
- Conditional sentences.
- Diversion programs (where the crown agrees to drop or stay the charges in exchange for your performance of community service).
A shoplifting conviction will leave you with a criminal record, which could have lasting effects on your family, career and ability to travel.
Before you enter a plea, know your options. Sean May will analyze your case and determine how to obtain the best outcome for you.
Call Sean May today.
You can benefit greatly from having the knowledge, skills and expertise of Sean May on your team. The earlier you call, the more Sean May may be able to do to help you. Call Sean May today for the best possible results.