At Houlon Berman, we have over 50 years of experience representing clients in criminal matters in Maryland and the District of Columbia. We take pride in the results we get for our clients.
In every case, the prosecution bears the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. The client has no burden of proof. It is always on the prosecution, plus the jury’s verdict must be unanimous. Shoplifting in Maryland is charges as the crime of theft. It is charged based on the amount involved.
In order to prove the offense of shoplifting, the State must prove the following elements of the offense:
- that the defendant willfully or knowingly obtained or exerted unauthorized control over property of the owner; and
- That the Defendant
- Had the purpose of depriving the owner of the property; or
- Willfully or knowingly abandoned, used, or concealed the property in such a manner as to deprive the owner of the property or knew that the abandonment, use, or concealment probably would deprive the owner of the property
(3) And that the property had value
Our criminal defense attorneys at Houlon Berman have broad experience representing clients successfully in shoplifting cases. Our success derives from our uncompromising commitment to our clients, and hard work. Our clients receive a robust defense in each and every case.
If you have a Shoplifting Conduct case in Upper Marlboro, Hyattsville, Bowie, Greenbelt, College Park, Laurel, Rockville, Bethesda, Silver Spring, or anywhere else in the State of Maryland, please contact us.