Theft and shoplifting are considered by many to be small offenses, but they can have a lasting impact on your life, especially given the extensive nature of employer background checks and government assistance program requirements. Additionally, depending on the circumstances, such a conviction can result in a “strike” under the sentencing guidelines. Keep in mind, in Washington, three “strikes” is a mandatory life sentence.
Washington has a unique statute, commonly referred to as a “misdemeanor compromise” where you can pay a “civil penalty” to the person/entity and the criminal charge will be dropped. You should consult with a lawyer to see if this resolution would work in your case.
Call (888) 537-5778 or click here to schedule a free consultation with Caitlin Baunsgard. Caitlin is an experienced criminal attorney who can help to get you the best possible resolution to your theft charge. Caitlin’s prior experience with the Washington State Patrol and as a Special Deputy Prosecutor gives her unique insight from both sides of the law.