If you have been accused of any crime involving theft or shoplifting in Atlanta, your first step should be to consult with a knowledgeable and skilled criminal defense attorney who can evaluate your case. At Andersen, Tate & Carr, our criminal defense team offers free, confidential consultations.
We can help you or your loved one understand how the case will proceed, and we can inform you of what actions need to be taken to ensure the best result.
Shoplifting Cases in Atlanta
According to Georgia Code § 16-8-14, theft by shoplifting in Atlanta occurs when someone tries to leave a store with merchandise without paying for it. Shoplifting is considered the number one property crime in America, and a conviction can result in serious penalties.
Depending on the value of the stolen item(s), shoplifting may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Shoplifting will not only tarnish your reputation, but its placement on your criminal record can also make it difficult to find a suitable job.
When you are caught shoplifting, the charges may be proven by a store security camera, security staff, loss prevention staff, witness testimony or by statements made by the accused. For a shoplifting offense, some of your best options for reducing your sentence include seeking a dismissal or enrolling the defendant in a pretrial diversion program.
Therefore, when going to trial is not in the clients’ best interest, the experienced lawyers of Andersen, Tate & Carr, are able to utilize their expertise on Georgia law to find creative solutions and carefully negotiate beneficial out-of-court “agreements.”
Burglary Cases in Atlanta
According to Georgia Code § 16-7-1, burglary is described as illegally entering or remaining in any dwelling, vehicle, structure or building with the intent to commit an offense, typically a theft or an assault, within.
A burglary committed in Atlanta is considered a felony, and the consequences are severe. Your first conviction of first degree burglary will get you sentenced to at least one year in prison, and you could face up to 20 years of imprisonment.
If you are responsible for the offense, are experiencing a case of mistaken identity or believe you were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, the criminal defense team at Andersen, Tate & Carr can help you work through the charges in order to find best outcome possible.
Robbery Cases in Atlanta
Robbery is a serious felony charge in Atlanta, classified as both violent and theft crimes. According to Georgia Code § 16-8-40, a person commits robbery by attempting to steal another person’s property while in their presence by use of force, intimidation or sudden snatching.
If you are convicted, you will be sentenced to between 1-20 years in prison. There are more severe punishments doled out in cases with extenuating circumstances. Our criminal defense attorneys will work to understand your side of the case and help you achieve the best possible outcome.
Contact Our Team of Experienced Atlanta Theft and Shoplifting Attorneys Today
Criminal defense lawyers Pat McDonough and Trinity Hundredmark are trial lawyers, who are always fully prepared to take every case to court. In each Atlanta theft and shoplifting case, their first objective is to prepare as if the case is going to trial, but attempt to reach a dismissal or positive solution behind the scenes, holding a trial as the last resort.
At Andersen, Tate & Carr, our mission is to reach the best possible outcome for all of our clients. Contact us today for a free, confidential case evaluation to learn how we can help you. We will work tirelessly to protect your rights throughout your legal process.