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Theft Crimes In The State Of Washington

Being charged with Theft is a very difficult thing. You have often been stopped, questioned, and possibly even arrested. Hopefully you were not taken to jail. Still, you are afraid of what is going to happen to you and afraid for your future. While the consequences of a theft charge can vary as much as the different types of theft, often times we are able to work out a solution that keeps you out of jail and protects your criminal record. Here are answers to a few of the questions you may have regarding a theft charge:

I barely took anything from that store. Do I really need an attorney?

For criminal charges, the wise answer is always yes. Unfortunately, even the smallest dollar value theft is routinely prosecuted in Washington State. One might think that the authorities would let the theft of just a few items, especially inexpensive ones, go. To the contrary, the most common theft charge we defend in Lynnwood and beyond is a Theft 3 (less than $750) charge. The good news is that in many courts, especially city courts such as Lynnwood, Shoreline, Edmonds, and Seattle, we can often protect our client's record by achieving a non-conviction result. This is especially true for first-time offenders. State courts are a little more complicated, but with proper planning, similar results can be achieved. I understand that things look bleak in the beginning. Do not let the natural human reactions of fear, anxiety, or hopelessness stop you from helping yourself in your time of need. Contact experienced theft crimes defense attorney Lance R. Fryrear for a free consultation so we can get things looking brighter for you and your family as soon as possible.

I got charged with Theft. Now what?

If you got stopped in a store for shoplifting, more often than not a police officer came and questioned you. If the officer gave you a ticket for Theft 3rd Degree, it usually has your first court date on it. Look closely at the bottom of the ticket. It should also tell you which court you are supposed to go to. If the officer told you a court date would be coming in the mail, make sure that you gave the officer a good address. If your address is not good, or you cannot get mail there, you will not get your first court date and you may get a warrant issued for your arrest for a court date you never knew about. This happens all the time. If no officer showed up to your case at all, and you were just processed by store personnel, you will still get a court date in the mail, but it may take a few days longer to arrive. If you are afraid you may have missed your court date, gave a bad address, do not know where to go, or are not sure what to do, contact theft crime lawyer Lance R. Fryrear. In our 15+ years of defending theft charges in Washington State, we pretty much know what you can expect as to where and when your court date will be. We can also locate your court date in the judicial information system and let you know what to expect in your matter.

What happens at my first court date and do I have to go?

In any case, your first court date is called the arraignment. An arraignment is where you are informed of the nature of the charged against you and enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. Hopefully you have already spoken to a theft attorney about what to expect in your case. If you have hired our firm, we will usually waive your first court date and enter a plea of not-guilty on your behalf. This means you can avoid the stress of having to go to court to begin with and also not miss time away from work or loved ones. This is called "waiving arraignment" and is allowed in most non-felony theft cases. Do not worry, even if you think you are guilty of the charges, the Judge still expects you to plead not-guilty so that your attorney can present your best defense.

Will I go to jail?

The likelihood that you will spend time in jail depends on the circumstances and the charges involved. Whether or not authorities properly handled your arrest and questioning can also play a factor. As a former prosecutor, I have the background and resources necessary to give you the best chance of staying out of jail.

What can you do for me?

In our free initial consultation we will cover all aspects of your case and I will tell you what to do. I have 7 years experience as a former prosecutor and 15 years as a criminal defense attorney. I will use all of that knowledge and experience to work aggressively on your behalf. Hopefully I'll also make it easier for you to sleep after you know what to really expect and what positive outcomes are possible or even likely. Just give our office a call and the odds are we can make things better for you as soon as possible.

Get the best defense possible and Contact the Law Office of Lance R. Fryrear if you have been charged with any sort of theft crime.

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