Theft & Shoplifting

Theft and Shoplifting

If you have been accused of any crime involving theft or shoplifting, your first step should be to consult with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who can evaluate your case. At Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C., our defense team offers free, confidential consultations. We can help you or your loved one understand how the case will proceed, and what actions need to be taken to ensure the best result.


Theft by shoplifting is a crime in Georgia. Shoplifting is considered the number one property crime in America and can result in serious penalties. Depending on the value of the stolen item(s), shoplifting may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Shoplifting will not only tarnish your record, but it can also affect your ability to find a suitable job.

When you are caught shoplifting, the charges may be proven by a store security camera, security staff, loss prevention staff, witness testimony or by statements made by the accused.

Criminal defense lawyers Pat McDonough and Trinity Hundredmark are trial lawyers, who are always fully prepared to take every case to court. In each shoplifting case, their first objective is to prepare as if the case is going to trial, but attempt to reach a dismissal or positive solution behind the scenes, holding a trial as the last resort.

For a shoplifting offense, this will include seeking a dismissal or enrolling the defendant in a pretrial diversion program. Therefore, when going to trial is not in the clients’ best interest, the lawyers of Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C. are able to utilize their skill and experience to find creative solutions and carefully negotiate beneficial out-of-court “agreements.”


Burglary is described as illegally entering or remaining in any dwelling, vehicle, structure or building with the intent to commit an offense—typically a theft or an assault—within. Burglary is considered a felony in the state of Georgia, and the consequences from this crime carry some heavy weight.

Whether you were responsible for the offense, are experiencing a case of mistaken identity or were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, the lawyers at Andersen, Tate & Carr can help you work through the charges in order to find best outcome possible.


Robbery is a serious charge, classified as both violent and theft crimes. A person commits robbery by attempting to steal another person’s property while in their presence by use of force, intimidation or sudden snatching. If convicted, the offender will typically face between 1-20 years, with more severe punishment in cases with extenuating circumstances.

Our criminal defense team will work to understand your side of the case and help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Vehicle Theft

Charges for motor vehicle theft, failure to return a vehicle, carjacking and joyriding all carry diverse punishments. If you are charged for any vehicle-related thefts, contact a skilled Georgia attorney immediately.

At Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C., our mission is to reach the best possible outcome for all of our clients. Contact Pat McDonough or Trinity Hundredmark for a confidential case evaluation and to learn how we can protect your rights through the legal process.

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