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Tim has handled several cases for me over the last 10+ years, and I continue to have him represent me to this day. From misdemeanors, to felony, to federal indictment Tim has been willing to work to whatever extent possible for me. He has, on a few occasions, even had impromptu meetings outside of normal business hours with friends of mine who found themselves in trouble. It is apparent that the well being of his clients is TOP PRIORITY. This, along with an incredibly assuring demeanor, diligent work ethic, and vast knowledge of the law make him my first choice as criminal defense attorney.

--Review by a criminal defense client

Theft crimes can range from shoplifting or petty theft to serious felonies, including federal embezzlement charges. Whether you are under investigation, are a person of interest or have already been charged with a theft crime, it is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.  Tim Zerillo has extenive experience in handling both simple and complex theft cases and can aggressively defend your rights.


Depending on the amount or value of property involved in the theft, criminal defense cases will vary in charge and in punishment. Our attorneys represent clients in basic shoplifting cases as well as cases involving fraud and theft of millions of dollars from businesses and employers. All theft cases, even misdemeanors, are very serious. They impact your record and reputation for the rest of your life if you are convicted.

Our Portland theft offense attorneys are experienced in cases involving:

  • White collar theft and fraud
  • Shoplifting
  • Embezzlement
  • Petty theft
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Theft with deception/fraud
  • Computer Theft
  • Mail fraud/theft
  • Wire fraud/theft
  • Identity theft
  • Grand theft auto


When you are accused or arrested of theft or embezzlement crimes, your attorney can make a difference in your case from the outset. Our attorneys will begin an immediate investigation to challenge all evidence presented against you. We will also review police records, witness statements, any video surveillance evidence and other relevant information to build your defense.


Shoplifting is only a misdemeanor, but is still very damaging to have on your record. Employers will see it as a sign of dishonesty and it could prevent you from getting a job in the future. It could also prevent a minor or young person from getting into college or could effect financial aid. If you are under investigation or face theft crimes charges, be sure to contact us as soon as possible to know your rights.

We may be able to plea down your charges or even get your charges dropped, when possible. We may even be able to settle privately with the alleged victim before your case enters the criminal justice system. Our attorneys know how any charge will affect your record and any penalties involved. It is our priority to see you walk out of court without getting overcharged or suffer unfair penalties for a crime.

For more information about our services, please call 207-228-1139 to speak directly with a Portland, Maine criminal defense lawyer, or contact us by using our online form.          

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Timothy E. Zerillo Clients’ Choice Award 2017
Timothy E. Zerillo Clients’ Choice Award 2014
10.0 Timothy E. Zerillo
The National Trial Lawyers