Petty Theft/Shoplifting Defense
Hire a High-Caliber Santa Rosa Criminal Defense Lawyer
Have you been arrested on petty theft or shoplifting charges? In California,
this type of misdemeanor
theft crime can expose a person to the possibility of jail time, expensive fines,
or both. If you are facing charges of this nature in Santa Rosa, it is
crucial that you contact a highly knowledgeable
criminal defense attorney from the Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig, P.C. to protect yourself against
these consequences and fight for a reduction or dismissal of your charges.
For more than 10 years, our firm has defended the rights of countless accused
individuals against a wide variety of different charges. Having earned a 2015
Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ designation and a Martindale-Hubbell® Client Distinction Award for
our outstanding advocacy, our trial-tested legal professionals are equipped
with the skills and knowledge you need to maximize your chances of securing
a desirable outcome for your situation.
Tell us about your charges today by
requesting a free consultation online.
Penalties for Petty Theft and Shoplifting in CA
California law defines petty theft as the intentional and unlawful taking
of any property valued at $950 or less, permanently depriving the rightful
owner of their property. This can include pickpocketing, theft by embezzlement,
or theft by false pretenses. Similarly, shoplifting is a form of petty
theft that involves entering an open establishment with the intent of
stealing less than $950 worth of property. It is important to note that
a person does not have to actually steal anything to be charged.
A conviction of petty theft can bring the following penalties:
- Up to six months in county jail
- Up to $1,000 in fines
- A misdemeanor record
In some cases, these penalties can increase depending on the accused’s
criminal history and prior convictions. If the amount stolen exceeds $950
worth, these charges can be elevated to grand theft and potentially bring
up to three years in jail and a felony charge. Additionally, a conviction
for any sort of theft crime can be extremely damaging to a person’s
reputation, harming their chances of finding employment or housing after
a conviction. For this reason, it is imperative for accused defendants
to retain skilled representation in the event that they should ever face
these types of charges.
Retain Results-Driven Criminal Defense Advocacy in Santa Rosa
If you have been arrested on theft charges, our firm’s experienced
Santa Rosa theft crime lawyers can craft a custom-tailored defense on
your behalf and fight to protect your freedom. Preserving your wellbeing
is our top priority, and we are willing to stand by your side every step
of the way during this difficult time. With constant communication and
compassionate representation, your case is sure to be in excellent hands.
Take control of your future today and
contact our office online today!
Discuss your situation with a highly trained lawyer by calling (707) 418-5352 today.