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Zerbe & Pence, PLLC, Represents Clients Accused of Shoplifting

Shoplifting, while it may not seem like a big deal, can leave you with large fines and possible jail time. If you are accused of shoplifting in Charleston, WV, or the surrounding areas, call on the assistance of Zerbe & Pence, PLLC. Our criminal defense lawyer will work to find proper evidence to build your case and protect your rights throughout the process. Call Zerbe & Pence, PLLC, today at (304) 345-2728 for an initial consultation. We proudly serve Charleston, WV; South Charleston, WV; St. Albans, WV; and the surrounding areas of Kanawha County.

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Shoplifting and Larceny Punishments in West Virginia

Whether the crime involves a five-dollar item or a 5,000-dollar item, shoplifting, also called larceny or theft, is a criminal charge that can follow you for years. Punishments depend on the number of offenses. Those convicted for a first or second offense face a misdemeanor, while third offenses face a felony. First and second offenses fall into two categories: merchandise under 500 dollars and merchandise over 500 dollars. Both circumstances are a misdemeanor, including hundreds of dollars in fines, along with possible jail time.

Along with the criminal charges, those convicted of shoplifting must pay back the storeowner in various ways. If you are convicted, prepare to pay back the amount of the item and additional damages, along with attorney fee reimbursement, and returning the item. Shoplifting is never worth it, especially with advanced security in stores.

Contact Zerbe & Pence, PLLC, for a Strong Criminal Defense

Facing shoplifting charges can seem hopeless. It may seem like no one believes your innocence, and those accused can quickly feel isolated. After a shoplifting charge in Charleston, WV, contact Zerbe & Pence, PLLC. Our criminal defense lawyer will work closely with you to provide a strong defense, and protect your rights throughout the process. Trust attorney Pence to gather proper evidence, find key witnesses, and work diligently to get the best result for you.