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Theft Charge - Should I Hire An Attorney?

If you have been charged with a crime you should hire an attorney. I know this seems overly simple, but it is the truth.  On a Shoplifting, commonly known as Theft Under (theft < $500) in Kentucky, there are many possible outcomes.  With the holidays, there is an increase in the number of shoplifting charges as well as an increase in the number of prosecutions. Theft under $500 is an A misdemeanor in Kentucky which can be punishable by up to a $500 fine and 12 months in jail.  This is serious.  The case can be dealt with anywhere from a  diversion to actual jail time.  If it is a first offense, an attorney can help you through the process and try to assure that you are eligible and entered into the diversion program.  This usually involves classes and community service, payment of a fee and then the case may be dismissed.  Once dismissed, the attorney can assist you in having the charges expunged from your record. If you are charged with a second or subsequent offense, the attorney can help to (1) possibly avoid jail time; and (2) discuss defenses to the charges.  Having a lawyer guarantees that you can proceed with your case and receive the best possible outcome. If you have been charged with shoplifting or any other crime in Northern Kentucky, contact Michael W. Bouldin at mwbouldin@fuse.net or call 859-581-6453 to schedule a consultation.

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