Have You Been Arrested for Shoplifting, Theft, or Burglary in Northwest Arkansas?
Were you caught shoplifting or accused of stealing? Have you been charged with burglary, theft, theft of services, or breaking and entering?
Under Arkansas law, burglary and theft can be misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the dollar amount of property alleged to have been stolen. Burglary and theft charges can include a variety of offenses, including but not limited to…
- theft of services
- unauthorized use of a vehicle
- theft of lost or mislaid property
- residential burglary
- aggravated residential burglary
- illegal entry (breaking or entering)
The courts have a wide range of punishments at their disposal that varies with the severity of the charges and the value of the goods or services stolen. In addition to criminal charges, Arkansas law allows merchants to file civil lawsuits for damages. Individuals found guilty of burglary or theft often end up facing significant fines, probation, and possible jail or prison time.
If you have been or may be arrested for theft, breaking and entering, burglary or a related charge, understanding the extent of the charges you face can help you prepare a more effective defense. An arrest is not the same as a conviction, and an experienced theft attorney can help you determine your best legal options. Criminal defense attorney and trial lawyer Ben T. Roberds has successfully defended clients in theft of property, theft of services, burglary, and shoplifting cases.
You May Have a Defense
Theft of property is a serious charge, but you may have a legal defense. Did police or private security have a justifiable reason to stop you? Did they act in accordance with the law and uphold your rights leading up to, during, and after the arrest? Can it be proved that your intent in concealing the item or items was, in fact, to steal them?
In many cases, the goal is to have a theft or shoplifting charge dismissed. If this is not an option in your case or you prefer to go to trial, Roberds Law Firm has the extensive trial experience to prepare a strong legal defense and represent you in court. It may be that you are eligible to participate in a diversion program, such as the Benton County Work Program, in lieu of jail time or as a requirement during probation.
An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you understand the charges you are facing, prepare an effective defense, and follow all court orders and instructions to avoid additional fines or complications as you move through the legal process.
Bentonville Burglary & Theft Attorney Ben T. Roberds
Being aware of the differences in penalties, fines, and criminal defense options in regards to burglary and theft can dramatically impact the steps you take and the results of criminal prosecution you are or may be faced with.
An experienced burglary and theft attorney can help you understand the charges and penalties you face as well as the most effective criminal defense options. If you have been arrested for a burglary or theft charge, regardless of where or when, call attorney Ben T. Roberds at (479) 464-0904 today for a free and confidential consultation.