Defending Against Theft Crimes in California

There are a variety of theft crimes you can be charged with. Taking someone’s property without consent is commonly regarded as theft. If you buy or store something that was stolen, even if circumstances are unknown to you, it can still be regarded as theft. Theft is charged as misdemeanors and felonies depending on seriousness.

Facing charges for a theft crime? Get the defense you need by contacting us today online or calling (800) 923-1776!

Understanding Felony Theft in California

If another individual was injured, or a weapon was used to coerce stolen goods, it will likely be charged as a felony.

Penalties for Theft Crimes

Penalties can include: 

  • Jail time
  • Hefty fines
  • Permanent criminal record

Factors that determine the severity of the penalty include the: 

  • Value of the property
  • From whom the property was stolen
  • What kind of property was stolen

If it can be proven that the property was not taken purposefully, theft charges may be dropped. This requires the aid of a seasoned lawyer who knows exactly how to provide the courts with the proper evidence. If you have been charged with a theft crime, please speak with a Long Beach theft crime attorney today.

Legal Implications of Shoplifting

Shoplifting consists of removing property from a store without paying for it and with intent to keep it in one’s possession. If someone accidentally takes something from a store it may not be considered theft as such. An individual can be charged with theft even if the action of theft was not fully undertaken. This means that if you attempt to steal something and you fail, you can still be charged with the crime of theft. If the stolen property value is less than $500 it can be charged as a misdemeanor unless the person has prior misdemeanors or felonies. Above the value of $500 theft is charged as a felony. Penalties heighten in severity incrementally.

What is Considered Grand Theft in California?

  • Grand Theft: under California law, when the property stolen is valued at $950 or more it is considered grand theft. Grand theft is a felony crime punishable by three years, two years or 16 months in prison depending on the circumstances surrounding the case.
  • Grand Theft Auto: if a motor vehicle is the property stolen, you can be charged with grand theft auto which is also a felony crime.

Understanding Your Legal Rights

When facing theft charges in California, it’s crucial to understand your legal rights and options for defense. Our team of experienced theft crime lawyers at West Coast Defense is dedicated to providing you with the strong defense you need. We will work tirelessly to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

Our theft crimes legal services include:

  • Thorough and complete investigation of the charges against you
  • Building a strong defense strategy tailored to your specific case
  • Negotiating with prosecutors for reduced charges or penalties
  • Representing you in court with confidence and expertise

Don’t face theft charges alone. Contact our Long Beach theft crime attorneys at West Coast Defense today to schedule a consultation and get the defense you need to protect your future.

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Contact Our Theft Crime Lawyer in Long Beach Today

If you are being investigated or have been charged with the commission of any theft crime, contact our Long Beach theft crime lawyer immediately for a free consultation and case review.

Call (800) 922-6989 to get the best theft defense representation available. We have a proven track record of providing favorable results for our clients.

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