Defending Dunwoody shoplifting charges takes both a knowledge of the Dunwoody Municipal Court and a proactive approach to your case. The Dunwoody Court handles many shoplifting charges, often arising from stores in Perimeter Mall and along Ashford Dunwoody Road. If you have been arrested for shoplifting, the Municipal Court of Dunwoody has jurisdiction over your case.
While the Dunwoody Municipal Court handles many traffic and local ordinance cases, you do not have the right to a jury trial in this court. The court is not empowered to conduct jury trials, so if you decide to have a jury trial your case would be transferred to the DeKalb County State or Superior Court. The decision on whether to have a jury trial is one that should be carefully reviewed with an attorney. Once your case is transferred from the municipal court to the county court, it cannot be undone and sent back.
Many times the goal in defending my client’s shoplifting case is to get a plea or pretrial program worked out to save your record from a shoplifting conviction. Since shoplifting is a violation of Georgia law and suspects are almost always arrested, your criminal record will show the arrest immediately after you are booked into jail. If you plead guilty or no contest, the charges will remain on your record indefinitely, as Georgia law does not allow for expungement except in certain situations where the charges were dropped or dismissed.
If you have been arrested and charged with shoplifting, call me today to discuss your defenses in Dunwoody’s court. A new Georgia law passed that raises the misdemeanor/felony shoplifting amount to $500, which will allow more crimes to be charged as misdemeanors.
I can be reached by talk or text 24/7 at (404) 590-6642. I will meet you at my Dunwoody office off of Chamblee Dunwoody Road and discuss your case with you.