I represented a college student yesterday who was charged with Retail Theft for an incident occurring in Wyomissing, PA. She was particularly concerned about what a conviction to such a charge would do to her employment prospects and career goals. A theft charge is considered a crime of dishonesty or “crimen falsie” and could even be used against her if she were called to testify in a future court proceeding whether she is a victim, witness or defendant. Further, if she were to be charged with a subsequent retail theft at any point in the future that charge would be a misdemeanor regardless of dollar value because of the prior retail theft conviction.
In the end I was able to negotiate with the arresting officer. He agreed to amend the charge to disorderly conduct and my client paid a $50 fine.
If you or a family member is charged with Retail Theft / Shoplifting in Berks County, Pennsylvania you need to consult an experienced defense attarney. Call our office today for a free consultation.