If the merchandise is valued above a certain amount or if the shoplifting offense is not your first, then you likely will have to do community service in order for the charges to be reduced to a violation, which is not a crime, and will have to pay a fine. If you have been charged with shoplifting or another theft, such as passing bad checks, contact this office as soon as possible. Due to the uncertain nature of punishment, it is best to request the assistance of our law offices soon after the incident so we can best serve you. Don’t plead guilty to an offense without first consulting Joel Salinger, a lawyer with tremendous experience defending shoplifting cases and other theft cases. Whether a simple mistake or oversight on your behalf, or a case of mistaken identity,