Felony shoplifting charges dismissed in Manhattan
Lance’s client was
arrested for shoplifting over $2,000 of merchandise at a high-end retailer in Manhattan.
Found in possession of the property and having given a
confession, the prosecutor had a strong case. When our client
reached out to us, our client had a different lawyer who had accepted a deal where our client
would have ended up with a permanent criminal record. Our client was unhappy
with this and turned to us for help. We took over and canceled the old
deal that would have given our client a criminal record. We fought on
the ground of lack of proof beyond a reasonable doubt and after several
months of renewed negotiation, made a new deal that avoided
jail and avoided a criminal record as long as our client stayed arrest-free
for a year and completed
community service. Our client subsequently failed to properly handle the
community service, according to the prosecutor, so we defended that new issue which went
in our favor after some additional litigation.