Attorney for Theft, Shoplifting and Other Property Crimes

If you've been charged with stealing property, you could be facing any of a number of specific criminal charges. Each charge has elements the prosecution must prove, and each has defenses that are available to the accused person.

John F. Segelbaum, Attorney at Law, will evaluate your case to determine the best response to your criminal charges. Contact John to schedule a free initial consultation about your shoplifting or other theft accusations.

Understanding Washington Shoplifting Laws

Washington has a special law for shoplifting cases that allows retail stores to assess civil penalties against people accused of shoplifting before the actual criminal justice process is completed. If you have been accused of shoplifting — especially by a major retailer such as Nordstrom or JCPenney — you are likely to receive a demand letter seeking restitution for the alleged theft.

You should not pay this civil penalty until you have consulted with a lawyer and worked with that lawyer to develop your response to the demand.

Depending on the circumstances of your individual case, paying the civil penalty may help or harm your criminal defense later on. Attorney John F. Segelbaum is experienced at helping clients accused of shoplifting through the civil demand process. John can also help you get the charge dismissed by structuring payment of the civil penalty or entering into a diversion agreement or stipulated continuance with the prosecution.

Defending Clients Against Theft and Related Charges

Criminal defense lawyer John F. Segelbaum defends clients against charges for theft and property crimes under Washington state law. Among the most common accusations are the following:

  • Employee theft
  • Embezzlement
  • Fraud
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Malicious property damage

The penalties for conviction on theft charges may vary based on the amount allegedly stolen and the circumstances of the alleged theft. Thefts with aggravating factors such as breaking and entering (burglary) or violent threats (robbery) can become serious felonies with major consequences.

If you have been charged with theft, shoplifting or any other property crime, don't hesitate to contact John F. Segelbaum, Attorney at Law.