Theft Lawyer in Vancouver WA

Roger Priest is a criminal defense attorney in Vancouver WA with extensive courtroom experience in Washington’s complex criminal laws

Shoplifting charges or other theft related charges can have a lasting impression.  A theft conviction can keep you from getting certain jobs, because many believe it shows that you are a dishonest person.  A theft lawyer can help you decide whether you have a good defense to shoplifting charges before deciding how to proceed.  In many cases, a conviction can be avoided either by negotiation or trial.  Each charge is different, so consulting with a theft lawyer on your case can help you find out whether there is any way to avoid having a theft conviction on your criminal record.  Criminal defense lawyer Roger Priest has handled countless charges of theft, from person on person theft to shoplifting charges.

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Shoplifting Charges

Shoplifting charges are some of the most common misdemeanor charges around. Most retailers employee security or loss prevention officers whose entire job is to deter and prevent shoplifting. Often, they employ closed circuit camera surveillance to look for suspicious shoppers and watch to see if they steal merchandise. Once they observe someone hide or remove merchandise from its packaging, they will go wait for the person to exit the store. Once the person tries to leave the store, security will stop the person (using force if necessary) to recover the merchandise. They will often try to force the shoplifter back into a holding area to wait for police. Retailers are only allowed to use force against a shoplifter to recover merchandise. Once they’ve recovered their merchandise, they are not legally allowed to use force against a shoplifter to keep them on premises while waiting for police to arrive.

Nevertheless, most retailers will try (even using force) to make a shoplifter stay on scene until police arrive. If you’ve been charged with shoplifting charges, a theft lawyer can help you decide whether you have a defensible case at trial.

How to Avoid a Theft Conviction

If you’ve been charged with shoplifting or theft, you may have more options than just trial or pleading guilty. You may qualify for adult diversion or even a civil compromise. Either option can help you avoid a conviction without having to risk going to trial.

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Roger handled my case promptly and painlessly. We are from out of state and had spoken with quite a few attorneys in the area before we made the trip. Roger was middle of the road cost-wise (which was truly fair)and was clearly competent, handling the case in one trip over as oppose to the two or even three trip process many of the others were communicating would be the case. I would hire again without a second thought. Thanks again Roger.

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Excellent responsiveness, considerate and honest. Roger got the job done results were in my favor. Couldn’t be happier, Highly recommend!!

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Roger Priest provided truly exceptional service for a family member of mine. He was an extraordinary value for the level of knowledge and proffessionalism he provided. My loved one got the deal of a lifetime thanks to him. If any of my friends or family are ever in a less than fortunate spot and need legal advice Roger will always be my #1 reccomendation.

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I recently consulted Roger for my first and only legal matter. He explained at length the legal ramifications that i was facing and he listened closely to all my questions and concerns. He was very attentive and empathic towards my situation and did not rush through things. I would highly recommend Roger to anyone I know seeking legal representation.

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Roger Priest is professional, intelligent and experienced, you can tell by the way he holds himself in court. Out of the 21 lawyers I interviewed and compared on an excel spreadsheet. I put my trust in Roger and he didn\'t let me down.

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