Shoplifting Charges at the Galleria Mall in St. Louis, MO - for as little as $450
Did you get charged recently with shoplifting (or petty theft) while at the Galleria Mall in St. Louis (or any other mall in the St. Louis area)? Was the person who found the lifted items an employee at the Galleria or one of its stores (like a security guard or manager)? Did that individual require that you stay in a certain area and not let you leave? Was the value of the items more or less than $500? Are you now thinking about simply pleading guilty to the charge? Are you aware of the consequences of doing such a thing? Do you know what the benefits are of hiring an experienced attorney to help you?We Want to Get the Missouri Shoplifting Charge Reduced So That It Does Not Show Up on Your Record!!
It is an unfortunate truth that most people who are charged with petty theft / shoplifting at the Galleria Mall in St. Louis simply plead guilty. They do this because they believe there are no other options available to them. But pleading guilty means that the state can put the charge on your permanent record. This can have a devastating effect on what kind of job you might get in the future (most employers run criminal background checks on potential employees as a way to screen applicants).Simply Pleading Guilty Is Not Your Best Option!!
In addition, you will also have to deal with the potential sentence that may be handed out to you.
As of January 1, 2017, the following laws regarding stealing / theft / shoplifting went into effect:
- If you are caught with goods valuing less than $150, and you have had no prior stealing-related charges, it is a Class D Misdemeanor
- If you are caught with goods valuing between $150 - $750, it is a Class A Misdemeanor
- If you are caught stealing an animal; or if you have been previously found guilty of three 93) stealing-related cases within ten (10) years of the present case, it is a Class E Felony
- If you are caught with goods valuing between $750 - $25,000, it is a Class D Felony
- If you are caught with goods valuing $25,000 or more, it is a Class C Felony
But at The Law Office of Jennifer Alter-Rieken, we have a much different plan in mind for dealing with a charge of shoplifting and/or theft at the Galleria Mall in St. Louis. We want to try and accomplish one of two things: 1) get the charge reduced to a minor offense (like “littering,” which will not even show up on your record); or 2) get the charges dropped altogether (this can happen when the store unlawfully detained you for no good reason). Either way, speaking with us first before you do anything is a far better option!!We Keep Our Fees Low So That Everyone Can Have Legal Representation
The affordable St. Louis shoplifting attorneys at The Law Office of Jennifer Alter-Rieken, have been helping people with their theft charges for over ten (10) years. Our goal is to make sure that the charges leveled against you do not stay on your permanent record, and do any lasting damage. And we want to do all of this at an affordable price. The fees for a typical shoplifting case start at $450. But the initial consultation to discuss your legal issues is free of charge. So contact us today!!
We have two main locations: in the Central West End of St. Louis, at 1 North Taylor (on the corner of Taylor and Laclede), 63108; and in the Twin Cities of Festus / Crystal City, at 1000 Truman Blvd (Highway 61/67), 63019. The initial consultation is free of charge. So contact us today to learn more!!