NO OTHER CRIME IS MORE DETRIMENTAL TO YOUR FUTURE CAREER PROSPECTS THAN A CONVICTION FOR SHOPLIFTING.
I’ll say it again–No OTHER crime is more detrimental to your future than shoplifting. The reason being that no one trusts someone who shoplifts. And if a prospective employer can’t trust you, they won’t hire you. It’s that simple.
You have a better chance of being hired with a conviction for an illegal firearm, assault or even drugs than for someone who is untrustworthy and who steals. No bank, government agency, school system, military contractor or employer who requires a back ground record check will want to hire you. (See, my section on Expungements if you want to erase your criminal record before applying for a job.)
Although the penalties for shoplifting are not as serious as for more other crimes, it is the number one reason employers reject prospective employees. A good experienced lawyer can help you avoid the pitfalls of defending yourself.
I have been very successful in getting the shoplifting charge reduced to a "non-criminal" violation, such as a municipal ordinance, which falls outside the criminal code and is not considered a crime. This result also allows for a defendant to be eligible for an expungement much sooner than if one was convicted of shoplifting.
If you are facing a charge of shoplifting, do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call me at (732) 455-5018. My rates are reasonable and its worth the effort to avoid the consequences of a conviction which will alter your life.