When you or a loved one is charged with a theft crime like shoplifting, the decision as to what happens next is paramount. Shoplifting charges are often filed against juvenile defendants or very young adults. It’s also common that shoplifting or similar theft crimes will follow a person suffering from addiction or substance abuse issues. The most significant problem is that the consequences of a conviction can have a strong negative impact on every aspect of your life. It is critical to fight these charges aggressively with a skilled, experienced attorney on your side.
I am Thomas H. O’Brien, criminal defense attorney. At The Law Offices of Thomas H. O'Brien, you will get exceptional legal service backed by more than 25 years of legal experience. I represent clients throughout Rhode Island in all types of criminal defense matters.
In more than 25 years of criminal law practice, as a prosecutor and defense attorney, I have seen many people who were accused of theft crimes at an early age and go on to spend their adult lives digging themselves out of that hole. Under Rhode Island law, a person convicted of a first offense shoplifting charge will face an enhanced felony offense for their next shoplifting charge in certain circumstances.
I’ve worked as both a prosecutor and defense attorney during my more than 25-year career, and I know every possible defense and alternative sentencing options for you in your shoplifting case. After you or your loved one’s arrest for shoplifting, I will sit down and discuss your case and be your voice in court to ensure that your rights and your future are protected.