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Theft and Shoplifting (Retail Theft) lawyers serving all of Bellevue, WA.

Aside from crimes of violence, crimes of dishonesty like theft are the most harmful for a person’s career. Employers do not want to have a thief working for them, which will make your job options a lot more limited. It is important to have an attorney represent you and try to protect your record so you can move on with your life.

There are three different degrees of theft with 1° and 2° being felonies and 3° being a gross misdemeanor. Felonies are handled by Superior courts so if the incident took place in Bellevue, then the King County Superior Court in Seattle would handle the matter (Bellevue doesn’t have a Superior Court}. The Bellevue district court can handle gross misdemeanors so a theft 3° can be heard in that court.

A good Bellevue theft lawyers not only understands Washington State's theft laws, but also the local Bellevue court system.  Our attorneys have handled hundreds of criminal cases throughout King County.  We know the law, and we are very familiar with both Bellevue Municipal Court and the Bellevue District Court.

The difference between the varying degrees is dependent on the value of the items allegedly stolen along with occasionally what the item was. Items with a value less than $750 would normally be charged under theft 3°. Items between $5,000 and $750 are typically charged with theft 2°, and over $5,000 theft 1°. 

If you have questions about your arrest or criminal charge, one of our Bellevue Theft lawyers can help you to understand what you are up against and how we can help.  A good criminal defense, especially to theft and shoplifting charges starts immediately.

Bellevue shoplifting lawyers fighting to protect your legal rights and your reputation.

Theft 3° is normally what is charged when someone is caught shoplifting due to the fact normally the items stolen are less than $750. Whether charged with theft 3° or not, when stealing items from a store, you can also potentially be facing a separate case. Stores have the right to sue you civilly to recover their losses.

This can be done even if they were able to recover the items stolen and per statute, and per statute, they can ask for more than what the items were worth! Normally, the representatives of the store will send you a letter demanding the requested funds to settle the civil case. This does not stop the criminal case from occurring.

If you are facing a theft charge, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible so they can begin to work on your case – both the criminal and the civil case. If you have any questions about what you are currently facing, do not hesitate to speak with one of our experienced attorneys for free.