Alien (Indian) Shoplifter NOT Charged

On April 29, 2024, ML, a 32 year old Indian woman, was caught shoplifting at a large department store in Cambridge. She had been shoplifting from that store for a considerable time and had now put in danger her ability to stay here in the U.S. She is in the U.S. on a student visa, and shoplifting (larceny) is a deportable offense. In May of 2024 she was due to graduate from one of the most prestigious universities in Boston with a graduate degree. ML contacted Attorney Robert Lewin from Andover. Attorney Lewin explained in detail the deportation consequences of a shoplifting conviction and he explained the importance of immediately opening a conversation with the police. ML retained Attorney Lewin.

Attorney Lewin immediately contacted the police prosecutor from Cambridge and then Attorney Lewin was able to speak with the actual officer who was investigating ML’s case and who would make the decision about prosecuting the case in court. Because ML had contacted Attorney Lewin immediately after being caught and before any court action had been begun, there was a chance (non-existent in most cases) that the case could be stopped BEFORE any court action was begun by the police (or the store). On May 17, 2024, after several productive conversations with the police, the police agreed NOT to bring any charges against ML, provided she stay out of the store for one year and provided that she pay $985 in restitution to the store. ML paid the restitution that same day. ML then attended her graduation!

It is very unusual to be able to “kill” one of these shoplifting cases at the “police station” level without the case going to a Clerk-Magistrate hearing. As a result of this disposition, Attorney Lewin explained the following to ML.

  • ML was NOT being charged with any criminal offense.
  • ML would NOT have to go to court.
  • ML would have NO criminal record.
  • ML would NOT suffer any deportation consequences.

Attorney Lewin’s half century of experience practicing criminal law, his former experience as an Assistant District Attorney , and his willingness to work hard and quickly produces excellent results for his clients. In a text message to Attorney Lewin after the case was ended without her having to go to court, ML wrote: “I am falling so short of words to say how grateful I feel right now that we have had you help us through this. .. This was a big wake up call and thank you so much for everything.”

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