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Cape Cod Shoplifting Defense Lawyers

James Powderly represents people in Cape Cod who have been accused of shoplifting. Too many people wrongly assume that shoplifting is “no big deal” and will not carry serious consequences if they are caught. That couldn’t be further from the truth. An arrest and conviction can impact your ability to get a job or retain employment and can harm your reputation and standing in the community.

If you have been charged with shoplifting in the Cape Cod region or in Massachusetts, you will need an experienced attorney to evaluate your case. Shoplifting defense lawyer James Powderly can work with you on your case to secure the best outcome possible at trial, negotiating with the prosecutor to reduce or even drop the charges, and help you to move on with your life. Contact the Cape Cod shoplifting defense lawyers of James Powderly at (508) 343-0676 today to discuss your shoplifting case.

Why do you need a shoplifting defense lawyer?

Experienced, committed shoplifting defense lawyers can negotiate down charges or even have them dropped altogether. A shoplifting defense lawyer can assess your case using a broad base of criminal defense law knowledge and craft a defense that weakens the prosecution’s case and suppresses information or evidence that may help the prosecution. In other words, a shoplifting defense lawyer can increase the chances that the outcome of your case is a positive one, either by beating the charges entirely or securing less severe punishments than those argued for by the prosecution.

How can James Powderly help?

James Powderly serves Cape Cod and the greater Massachusetts area, and has been selected for numerous designations and awards. These include being named a “Rising Star” in Massachusetts by Superlawyers Magazine and named as part of the “Top 40 under 40” by the National Trial Lawyers. As a Board Member of the Bristol County Bar Advocates, James Powderly has strong local ties and has represented clients charged with a wide variety of crimes, including but not limited to drunk driving, shoplifting, and drug distribution and trafficking.

James Powderly’s experience handling shoplifting cases and other forms of criminal defense can help you achieve a more positive outcome for your case. We can help you challenge the evidence and ensure that your rights are respected throughout your case, and we’ll fight for a resolution that gets you back to your family, friends, and career.

Types of Shoplifting Cases James Powderly Handles

Shoplifting can be a confusing charge, and the associated punishments can seem arbitrary. The value of the items stolen will frequently determine whether shoplifting is treated as a misdemeanor or a felony. Previous guilty pleas for shoplifting may also factor in to how your case is handled. Because they understand the legal processes regarding shoplifting inside and out, the Cape Cod shoplifting criminal defense team of James Powderly can help you to craft a strong defense no matter the specifics of your case.

Some common defenses against a shoplifting charge include:

  • Bringing forward evidence that harms the prosecution’s case: We can help bring forward evidence that hurts the prosecution’s case, such as poor security camera footage/image quality, labeling of the items, or store policies and procedures
  • Suppressing evidence that helps the prosecution: We can help to downplay the evidence that favors the prosecution’s case, such as your location in a store or relative to certain items at the time of the suspected shoplifting, or statements by bystanders who may have been mistaken.
  • Calling into question the fair market value of the items: Stores will frequently price certain merchandise differently, and because the value of the goods can change significantly from store to store, so does the perception of the fair market value. Because the value of the items can determine the severity of the penalty, challenging the fair market value of the items in question can help to reduce your charges.
  • Lack of probable cause to search: Depending on the circumstances regarding your case, there may have been a lack of probable cause to search your bags, due to profiling or other miscarriages of the law.

Depending on the severity of your charges, you may face fines up to $1,000 and several years in prison. James Powderly can investigate the details of your particular case to develop a defense strategy that will be most effective in your case and help you avoid these penalties.

Contact James Powderly today to discuss your case

Shoplifting is a frustrating and potentially humiliating charge, and it can have an impact on your relationships with friends and family, your employment status, and your overall quality of life. But you can fight these charges and reclaim your good name. Speaking to an experienced shoplifting defense attorney can help you understand your legal options, craft a strong defense for your case, and reach a more favorable outcome than you would achieve alone. To discuss your shoplifting case with a highly qualified theft defense attorney in Cape Cod and Massachusetts, contact James Powderly at (508) 343-0676 today.