One poor decision or crime of opportunity can result in a long list of consequences. It may be tempting to “get it over with” by quickly pleading guilty. The problem is that it doesn’t get it over with. Instead, it begins a lifetime of being a convicted felon. Even if you avoid jail, the criminal record or strict terms of probation can come back to haunt you in many ways for the rest of your life.
If you face criminal accusations of stealing, criminal trespass, or damage to property, you must take the charges seriously. You owe it to yourself to find out where you stand and whether you can fight it. Sheridan & Dulas, P.A., will aggressively pursue dismissal or acquittal, or negotiate any penalties or restitution.
Whatever The Charges, We Have Handled A Case Like Yours
Our experienced criminal defense lawyers have defended clients on a wide spectrum of theft and property crimes:
- Shoplifting and employee theft
- Larceny and grand larceny
- Bad checks
- Credit card theft
- Auto theft/unauthorized use
- Burglary of a home or business
- Armed burglary and robbery
- Vandalism or trespassing
- Arson or major destruction of property
In addition to criminal charges, you may face civil actions by the store owner, property owner or burglary victim. These actions may continue even if criminal charges are dropped. We make sure that our clients understand the full ramifications, and we can pursue restitution in lieu of prosecution or as a mitigating factor at sentencing.
Don’t Bargain Away Your Future If You Can Fight The Charges
A theft or burglary conviction will be revealed on background checks for employment, college entrance, loans, renting an apartment, even volunteering in your community. Some attorneys will urge you to take a plea agreement at your first court appearance. That is not our style. We start with the assumption that you can win your case and avoid jail, probation, a criminal record, and other consequences.
Our attorneys exhaust all possible defenses relating to the identification, criminal intent, demonstrated harm, over-prosecution, improper search and seizure, illegal detention, and other strategies. If the prosecution has a weak case, we will fight for a dismissal or prepare to defend you at trial. If the evidence against you is strong, we will do everything we can to mitigate the punishment.
Arrested for theft of burglary? Talk to a lawyer before you say anything.
Contact Sheridan & Dulas online or call 651-686-8800 now for a free consultation. From our offices in Eagan, we serve the accused in Dakota, Washington, Hennepin, Scott, Carver, Ramsey, Goodhue and Anoka counties, and statewide in Minnesota.