Shoplifting/Theft Charges


Shoplifting charges don’t simply go away. Long after the fact, the black mark on a person’s record can cause trouble in education, employment and other facets of life.

The Palumbo Law Group can help if you or a family member is accused of shoplifting or theft. Our criminal defense lawyer will explain the possible criminal penalties and collateral consequences in your situation. He can then represent you in fighting a conviction or mitigating the punishment.

We practice in district courts and juvenile courts of Prince George’s County and Charles County, Maryland, with offices in Fort Washington, Waldorf and Riverdale.


Theft is considered a crime of moral turpitude — a reflection on one’s character and honesty. Employers are leery of hiring (or continuing to employ) a “thief.” Certain colleges, careers or professional licenses will be off the table. Students may lose scholarships or athletic eligibility.

Experienced criminal defense attorneys Daniel Palumbo and Michael Lovelace have represented clients of all walks of life, from teenagers and college kids to housewives and retirees, arrested on theft charges:

  • Shoplifting
  • Employee theft
  • School thefts
  • Theft of services
  • Theft by fraud
  • Bad checks
  • Unauthorized use of a credit card
  • Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle (auto theft)

Most thefts are misdemeanors, with the possibility of jail or juvenile detention. A theft may be charged as a felony if the value exceeds $500 or if the theft involved burglary or use of force.

Our attorneys understand the importance of avoiding a theft conviction if at all possible. He can often resolve shoplifting charges or minor theft offenses without jail, in exchange for restitution, theft diversion classes, community service or probation. We can help first-time offenders qualify for probation before judgment (PBJ), which avoids a criminal record, and we can later pursue expungement of arrest records or convictions that would show up on a background check.

If the accusations are false or the consequences of a plea agreement are unacceptable, we are prepared to go to trial and make the state prove its case.


You can’t talk your way out of trouble. Merchants will press charges and police will use any admissions against you. The Palumbo Law Group can protect your rights and skillfully navigate you through the criminal justice system. Contact us for a confidential discussion with an experienced shoplifting defense attorney.

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