Theft Crime Attorney in Santa Rosa
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A theft crime is a criminal act of taking another individual's personal property without that person's consent. In California, theft crimes are classified as either grand theft or petty theft. Petty theft is taking another person's property valued at $950 or less, without the person's consent. In most cases, petty theft is considered a misdemeanor. Grand theft is taking another person's property, valued at $950 or greater, without the person's consent. Many grand theft crimes are considered felonies whereas petty theft is charged as a misdemeanor. If you've been charged with any type of theft, discuss your options with our aggressive Santa Rosa theft crime lawyer today.
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Theft Crime Charges & Penalties
In California, theft crime charges can range from a minor shoplifting charge (for stealing something valued under $400) to grand theft, which can be charged as a felony and could require a state prison sentence. There is no such thing as a "simple" theft crime. It all depends on the nature of the crime, including the value of the property taken, any prior related theft convictions, or other circumstances.
Theft crimes in California that we defend against include:
- Auto theft (GTA)
- Petty theft
- Identity theft
- Receiving stolen property
The penalties for the following types of theft include:
- Petty Theft - In most cases, first offenses such as shoplifting are punishable by a small fine and 1 to 3 years of informal probation. In some cases, a first offense can be reduced to an infraction, thus eliminating any criminal record. A second or third theft/shoplifting offense is a much more serious matter because of the consequences. It can be charged as Felony Petty Theft with a Prior (a violation of Penal Code section 666) and is punishable by a year in county jail or even time in the State Prison.
- Grand Theft - When a person steals goods worth over $950 or money exceeding $950, it is a serious offense and can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. With grand theft offenses a person could be facing a number of penalties, including imprisonment, probation or parole, restitution, court-ordered counseling, fines and fees, and community service or physical labor.
If you have been arrested or accused of a theft crime, it is important to retain a criminal defense attorney with experience in theft cases in order to get a favorable result. There's no doubt that an attorney who is not as familiar with the nuances of various theft laws may miss an important opportunity for dropped or reduced charges, or even an acquittal.
Reach the Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig at (707) 418-5352 today.