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Shoplifting & Petit Larceny

There are countless explanations for shoplifting behavior or shoplifting apprehensions, such as the following:

  • Overzealous security guards who misinterpret observations and presume shoplifting where none was intended (such as when a shopper carelessly puts an unpaid-for item in a coat pocket in a store, or unknowingly leaves the store with unpaid merchandise on the bottom of a shopping cart)
  • Psychological disorder on the part of the shoplifter, such as kleptomania or psychotic episodes
  • Boredom, immaturity or poor judgment
  • Conspiracy or coercion by a friend or accomplice

A criminal conviction for theft of retail merchandise may be a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the value of the stolen items. If you or someone you know has been accused by store security or arrested by police on suspicion of shoplifting, you are urged to seek knowledgeable legal counsel as soon as possible.

As an experienced criminal defense attorney, James E. Tyner is prepared to provide the top caliber representation and a strategic defense that you seek. The Law Office of James E. Tyner, PLLC assists clients in Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, the Capital Region and throughout New York State through vigorous, aggressive criminal defense strategies in defense of people charged with serious theft offenses. 

Do all that you can to prevent or mitigate the negative consequences that a shoplifting conviction can bring: a criminal record, fines and penalties, possible jail time and difficulties in the future in your personal and professional life. 

If you have been charged with any type of theft, such as shoplifting, schedule a free consultation by calling 866-642-3807 or contact us online.