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Theft Charges

Our criminal defense attorneys have the knowledge and skill to defense you against theft-related charges throughout Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange Counties.  Many people charged with theft crimes are hard-working individual who simply made a mistake, after a lapse in judgment, are simply the victims of an unfortunate circumstance.  Everyone deserves a second change, so we work hard to help you avoid a permanent criminal record and jail time.

Our theft crimes attorneys have successfully reduced or dismissed charges like Petty Theft, Grand Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Burglary, Grand Theft Auto, Auto Burglary and others.

In California, theft related conviction can be particularly harmful in terms of gaining future  employment, state licensing and even keeping current employment – since employers typically release or refuse to hire anyone with a theft conviction.  However, if done correctly, some theft charges may be subject to dismissal under Penal Code section 1203.4, or reduction to misdemeanor status by way of a 17(b) motion.

Most theft offenses are considered to be “crimes of moral turpitude.” Meaning, state license boards often cite theft convictions as a reason to deny licenses and certifications.  These licenses including, such professions as, contractors, nursing and real estate. Theft convictions also tend to provide for harsher immigration consequences to those seeking a visa, green card or naturalization to the U.S.

Defense of Theft Charges

An knowledgeable and experienced theft defense attorney attorney can often help you navigate the criminal justice system and conduct a thorough investigation of your case – even hiring a private investigator if necessary, to have the theft charges against you reduced or dismissed.  A thorough investigation allows us to examine all the evidence the District Attorney has and test its credibility to determine whether or not it would be deemed sufficient to convict you, beyond a reasonable doubt.  If there are issues with that evidence, your case stands a stronger likelihood of getting dismissed or reduced to a less damaging charge.

Sometimes, the evidence seems to be stacked against you.  Even when that is the case, our Criminal Defense attorneys can put their reputations to work for you.  Even if it seems unlikely, it may be possible for us to negotiate an arrangement with the judge or prosecutor to get the theft charges reduced or dismissed.

This usually occurs when someone is a first time offender, where  the client has no record and just made a bad mistake, but can also happen even where the individual has a criminal record – depending on a variety of factors.

Our Theft Defense Representation Includes:

Petty Theft:  Under Penal Code 484 and 488, stealing of property valued at up to  $950. Although the offense is a misdemeanor, a second offense can be charged as a felony under Penal Code 666 (Petty Theft with a Prior).

Grand Theft:  Under Penal Code 487, this is the stealing of property valued at more than  $950. It may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony.

Grand Theft of a Firearm: Any theft of a firearm counts as “grand theft”, regardless of the value of the gun. This offense is always a felony.

Grand Theft Auto:  Any theft of an automobile as “grand theft”, regardless of  the value of the vehicle.

Burglary: Entering a structure with the intent to commit a felony or any theft inside constitutes burglary in California.  If the structure is a home or “inhabited dwelling,” residential burglary may be charged (which counts as a “strike” under California Three Strikes Laws).

Auto Burglary:  Breaking into a locked vehicle for the purpose of stealing it constitutes  “auto burglary”.

Embezzlement: A person who wrongfully steals or misappropriates property entrusted to him by  the rightful owner may be charged with embezzlement.

Receiving Stolen Property: This occurs when someone purchases or receives property that is known (or reasonably should be know) is stolen.

Robbery: A person commits Robbery if violence, force or threats are used to take property from someone’s immediate possession. This too counts as a strike under California Three Strikes Laws.

Carjacking: If someone uses force or fear to take a vehicle from someone’s immediate possession.

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