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Iowa City & Davenport Shoplifting Attorney

Aggressive Defense for Shoplifting Charges in Quad City and Cedar Rapids

Shoplifting is considered a serious crime that can result in severe penalties. If you have been charged with shoplifting, taking the matter seriously and seeking legal representation as soon as possible is important. At Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger, our Iowa City & Davenport shoplifting lawyers understand the gravity of the situation and will work diligently to defend your rights and your future.

Call Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger today at (319) 499-5524 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our shoplifting lawyer in Iowa City & Davenport.

What is Shoplifting?

Shoplifting occurs when an individual intentionally takes merchandise from a retail establishment without paying for it. This act of theft may involve concealing items, altering price tags, or switching packaging to deprive the retailer of the rightful value of the goods. Shoplifting can take various forms, from petty theft to more sophisticated schemes, and it is essential to understand the specific charges you could be facing.

We possess a deep understanding of Iowa's legal statutes pertaining to theft crimes. We can assess the details of your case, identify key factors, and develop a tailored defense strategy to protect your interests.

What are the Penalties for Shoplifting in Iowa?

In Iowa, the penalties for shoplifting vary depending on factors such as the value of the stolen goods, prior criminal history, and the circumstances of the offense. The consequences may range from fines and probation to incarceration. Understanding the potential penalties is crucial for building a strong defense. The penalties may include:

  • Monetary Penalties: Shoplifting convictions often result in fines, the amount of which is determined by the value of the stolen merchandise. For higher-value thefts, the fines can be substantial, placing a substantial financial burden on the accused.
  • Probation: In some cases, individuals convicted of shoplifting may be placed on probation. During this period, the individual must comply with specific conditions set by the court, such as attending counseling or completing community service.
  • Imprisonment: Imprisonment may be a potential consequence for more serious shoplifting offenses. Jail sentences can vary in length, with more severe cases leading to significant time behind bars.

Defenses Against Shoplifting Charges

Some defenses against shoplifting charges may include:

  • Lack of Intent: One key element in a shoplifting case is intent. If it can be shown that you did not have the intention to steal or that the act was accidental, it could be possible to challenge the charges.
  • Mistaken Identity: In some instances, individuals could be wrongly accused of shoplifting due to mistaken identity. We can diligently investigate the alleged offense's circumstances to identify any discrepancies or inaccuracies.
  • Illegal Search and Seizure: If law enforcement had violated your constitutional rights at the time of the arrest or search process, evidence obtained unlawfully may be deemed inadmissible in court. This can significantly weaken the prosecution's case.
  • Insufficient Evidence: A thorough examination of the evidence against you is crucial. We can meticulously review all aspects of the case to identify weaknesses and challenge the prosecution's evidence.

Contact Our Shoplifting Lawyer in Iowa City & Davenport Today

At Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger, we are here to provide you with a strong and strategic defense. Our Iowa City & Davenport shoplifting attorneys will work tirelessly to protect your rights and acquire the best possible result for your case. We recognize the gravity of your situation and are prepared to fight for your rights throughout the legal process. Your defense starts with us.

Contact Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger today to get started with our Iowa City & Davenport shoplifting attorney.

Successful Results for Our Clients

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  • Reduced to Public Intoxication OWI/DUI

    OWCR012975 Iowa County: The defendant was seated in the driver's seat of her vehicle, in a ditch, when law enforcement came upon her. Her PBT was .180 and she subsequently refused to take the Datamaster. After identifying gaps in the State's prosecution, the State agreed to throw out her refusal and allow the defendant to plead to public intoxication.

  • Case Dismissed Federal Crimes

    The defendant was charged with an immigration offense. Through substantial litigation, the defendant was released from jail. As a result of administrative proceedings, the Government was unable to bring the defendant to trial. The case was subsequently dismissed with prejudice on speedy trial grounds following counsel's motion to dismiss.

    Southern District of Iowa 3:18-cr-00062.

  • Charge Dismissed Drug Crimes

    Scott County case FECR409878, controlled substance violation. Charge dismissed after suppression of illegal search and evidence derived from said search, as well as suppression of evidence following prolonged detention of the Defendant without sufficient legal basis.

  • Acquitted of Multiple Forcible Felonies Federal Crimes

    Client found not guilty of all charges, including Sex Abuse in the 2nd Degree and Burglary in the 1st Degree, following a week-long jury trial in Cedar County case FECR026469.

  • No Suspension of Driving Privileges OWI/DUI

    Defendant was involved in an ATV accident in which injuries occurred. The defendant relied on his CDL for employment. He was taken to the hospital and law enforcement obtained a warrant for the defendant's blood. He was charged with an OWI. After significant negotiations, the defendant was able to plead to public intoxication with no suspension of his driving privileges.

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