An arrest for theft is embarrassing and scary, and employers take a dim view of people with convictions for larceny or trespassing. With the right legal representation, you may be able to keep this regrettable incident off your record or limit the penalties.

The Law Offices of Jodi Zils Gagne, LLC, in Bristol, Connecticut, provides experienced criminal defense for property crimes, from petty thefts to first-degree burglary. We will do everything we can to protect your freedom and prevent criminal charges from ruining your future.

Hartford Shoplifting Defense Attorney
Property Crimes In Central Connecticut

Criminal defense lawyer Jodi Zils Gagne represents adults and juveniles accused of misdemeanor or felony offenses, including:

  • Petty larceny (shoplifting)
  • Larceny (theft)
  • Employee theft
  • Grand larceny (high dollar amount)
  • Auto theft
  • Burglary
  • Vandalism

Connecticut law provides a second chance for low-level theft offenses. Ms. Gagne can determine if you qualify for accelerated rehabilitation (AR), which dismisses the charges if the person stays clean during a probationary period.

Aggressive Representation For Serious Offenses

Many clients do not realize at first how much trouble they are in. For instance, you can be charged with burglary for entering a home, business or building — even if you took something of minor value or did not steal anything at all. If you confronted someone or had a weapon on you when you entered an occupied dwelling, the prosecutor may file felony charges.

Jodi Zils Gagne is prepared to defend you at trial to avoid jail, prison or a conviction. However, in many cases we can negotiate a favorable deal that avoids the risk. For example, the prosecutor may accept a guilty plea to a lesser crime in exchange for dropping more serious charges. We weigh all the factors — the evidence, your defenses, prior convictions or mitigating factors — to determine the best strategy for your situation.

Call our Bristol theft and burglary attorney day or night at 860-582-4495, or contact us online, to arrange a free initial consultation.