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Crimes of dishonesty are very problematic. A conviction for Theft is very hard to explain at your next job interview. We understand what's at stake.


Theft is a crime of dishonesty, which can have a serious impact on both your present life as well as your future. Many jobs will fire you with a theft conviction and many more will not hire you. It is important to hire an attorney immediately when potentially facing a theft charge so they can try to start negotiating with both the prosecutors as well as the victim of theft. Our theft and shoplifting lawyers are here to discuss your situation with you and are prepared to protect your rights and future.

There are several different degrees of Theft in Washington, which typically vary depending on the value of the items stolen – with exceptions. The most serious is Theft 1°, which is a class B felony. Theft 1° is typically charged when the item(s) allegedly stolen are valued at above $5,000. Theft 2° is a class C felony and is charged when the value is over $750 but under $5,000.

Felony cases would not be held in Kent Municipal Court or other Municipal Courts. They can only be held in Superior Courts which are located in Seattle and the Kent Regional Justice Center (RJC.)

The last degree is theft 3°, which is a gross misdemeanor. This means the maximum penalty is 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. It typically also comes with probation and an order to stay away from the victim of the crime. Theft 3° is charged when the value of the item stolen is under $750. This is the most common charge when someone is caught shoplifting.

When caught shoplifting, it is especially important to have an attorney because normally, there will also be a civil demand from the Store. The Store has the right to sue you due to their loss (even if they recovered the items stolen.)

Contact us today to discuss your case with one of our theft and shoplifting attorneys and learn more about what you could be facing.