Shoplifting – Retail Theft


The attorneys of Stuart's Colter Law Group aggressively defend the rights of adults and juveniles who have been accused of shoplifting. In Florida, theft is a crime of dishonesty and could be used to impeach your testimony if you ever had to testify in court. Having your case handled in a manner that gives you the potential of having the charge sealed or expunged from your record is of the utmost importance. Retail store chains recognize that shoplifting accounts for a substantial portion of their annual losses. Consequently, they spend millions of dollars every year on security personnel, plain clothes loss prevention officers, and video surveillance cameras. Their exuberance, however, often results in non-prosecutable arrests. In Martin County, the defense lawyers at the Colter Law Group have had a great deal of success defending their clients against allegations of shoplifting and other related crimes. Contact our Stuart, FL law office to discuss the details of your arrest or the Notice to Appear that you received.

Shoplifting Charges in the State of Florida

For retail theft, the determining factor as to whether it is considered a misdemeanor or a felony is the aggregate dollar value of the items stolen: less than $300 is a misdemeanor; $300 or greater is a felony. Our criminal defense lawyers represent clients who have been accused of:

  • Petit and Grand Theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Using an anti-shoplifting detection device countermeasure
  • Price tag switching
  • False purchase returns
  • Multiple shoplifting convictions (three or more results in a driver's license suspension)
  • Employee collusion (not ringing items at the register, phony refunds, repricing, et cetera)
  • Resisting arrest
  • Trespass after warning

Whether you were taken into custody and transported to the Martin County jail, or you were released on scene with a Notice to Appear (NTA), the long-term consequences are the same: possible conviction on your record, possible jail time, fines, and issues regarding your place of employment. You need an experienced criminal defense lawyer who is familiar with the defense strategies that are often successful in Florida shoplifting cases.

Private Criminal Attorneys for Retail Theft in Stuart and the Rest of Martin and St. Lucie County

If you have been charged with shoplifting, you are going to require the services of a qualified defense lawyer with a solid track record of success. Do not hesitate to call us to schedule a free consultation. At the Colter Law Group, the defense of our clients is our attorneys' top priority. Contact us immediately.

To schedule an appointment at one of Martin County's top shoplifting and criminal defense law firms, call our Stuart, FL office at (772) 888-0883.