You didn’t intend to be where you are now, facing criminal charges for a crime you didn’t even plan on committing. The store you went into has a strict policy for pursing shoplifters, but you didn’t mean to shoplift. You were carrying around items you want to try on, and you had tried on some. You picked up those items to put them back and forgot about one that was slung over your bag. Now, you’re facing charges and are frustrated with the entire situation.
Having a criminal defense attorney can help. Your criminal defense attorney is there to help improve the outcome of your case. They can negotiate on your behalf and work to get the case dropped, too.
For cases like this one, for example, your defense attorney may reach out to the store and see if paying for the item would be enough. Perhaps agreeing not to return to the store or to community service would satisfy the store owner.
Misunderstandings do happen, and when you’re on the wrong side of them, it can be hurtful and damaging to your reputation. Your defense attorney will work to prevent your reputation from being harmed by doing their best to keep your case out of court.
Your criminal defense attorney is also there to make sure you don’t face unfair convictions or sentences. For something like shoplifting, the penalties can vary, but they should be able to help you negotiate and potentially get you a plea deal if you’re willing to plead guilty. Your attorney will talk to you more about your options after reviewing your case.