When facing theft crime charges in Los Angeles, having a knowledgeable and experienced legal team on your side is crucial. At Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners, we specialize in providing strong and strategic defense for individuals accused of theft crimes. Our dedicated team of legal experts understands the intricacies of California theft laws and has a proven track record of achieving favorable outcomes for our clients.
California Theft Laws
Also called “larceny” or “petty theft,” theft happens when a person intentionally takes another individual’s property with the intention of stealing it. California statutes differentiate between two forms of theft: petty theft and grand theft. Generally speaking, grand theft is the theft of property worth more than $950.
Most individuals who are facing theft charges are honorable people with minimal or nonexistent criminal records; people who are innocent or who made an error and temporarily lost their way. You have rights under the Constitution that need protecting and if you retain our legal team, we will use our familiarity with the nuances of the various theft laws of California to do all that is possible to preserve your rights and secure a favorable result in your case.
One of the key elements in theft cases is intent. Prosecutors must prove that the accused intended to steal and did so without the owner's consent. This can sometimes be challenging to establish, and it's where a skilled Los Angeles theft crimes attorney can make a difference. Our legal team meticulously examines the evidence and circumstances surrounding each case to build a strong defense strategy.
Theft Crimes in California
- Auto Burglary
- Counterfeit Goods
- Grand Theft
- Grand Theft Auto
- Petty Theft
- Receiving Stolen Property
Other examples of theft crimes, often considered white collar crimes because they are non-violent and occur in business or financial arenas, include:
Extortion can also be considered a type of theft crime, as a person is obtaining money or other valuable goods or services from another person through force or threats.
Call Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners today at (213) 481-6811 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our theft crime lawyer in Los Angeles!
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What are the Penalties for Theft in California?
The penalties for theft crimes in California vary based on the value of the stolen property and the specific offense committed. Petty theft involves stolen property valued at up to $950, and it is typically charged as a misdemeanor. If convicted, you could face up to six months in county jail and fines of up to $1,000.
Grand theft involves stolen property with a value exceeding $950 or specific property types, such as firearms. Depending on the circumstances, grand theft can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Misdemeanor grand theft carries penalties of up to one year in county jail, while felony grand theft can lead to significant prison time.
Defenses Against Theft Charges
Building a strong defense against theft charges requires a deep understanding of the law and each case's intricacies. Our Los Angeles theft crimes attorneys are skilled at crafting effective defense strategies tailored to each client's unique circumstances.
Common defenses include:
- Lack of intent: If it can be shown that there was no intent to deprive the owner of the property permanently, the charges may be reduced or dismissed.
- Mistaken identity: We thoroughly investigate cases to determine if the accused has been wrongly identified as the perpetrator.
- False accusations: In some instances, theft charges may arise from false allegations. We work diligently to uncover any evidence that supports the accused's innocence.
- Illegal search and seizure: If evidence was obtained through an illegal search or seizure, we can challenge its admissibility in court.
Contact Our Los Angeles Theft Crimes Lawyer Today
If you have been arrested or accused of a theft crime, retaining an attorney with experience in theft cases is important. Undoubtedly, an attorney not as familiar with theft laws or as experienced in criminal defense may miss an important opportunity for dropped or reduced charges or even acquittal.
You must speak with a qualified attorney at our firm as soon as you can after your charge so that we can properly evaluate all aspects of your case and develop a compelling defense strategy. We have successfully represented many clients in their theft cases and have achieved excellent results in cases that initially did not appear defensible. We understand how to prepare a strong defense for theft crimes and have the experience to negotiate the best outcome for your case.
Contact Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners today to schedule a consultation with our theft crimes attorney in Los Angeles!
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We focus on the facts of the case to create a strategic defense. We work tirelessly for our clients, prepare for trial, and work toward securing the best possible outcome – whether that be a dismissal, reduction in charges, or alternative sentencing.
We provide step-by-step guidance throughout each phase of the process. The criminal justice system can be a confusing and frightening place, which is why we support our clients every step of the way. We provide the confidence you need to move forward.
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At Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners, our defense attorneys have the ability and experience to handle even the most complex criminal cases. From misdemeanors to serious felonies, no case is too small or large for us to handle.
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