Santa Clarita Theft Crime Lawyer
Protecting the Rights of the Accused
You might think that the definition of what counts as a “theft” is simple – stealing someone else’s property or personal belongings. However, in the state of California, many more actions are actually included in this offense. Shoplifting, larceny, auto theft, robbery, forgery, embezzlement, burglary, and even the act of accepting property which you know has been stolen, are all examples of potential crimes. Credit card theft and identity theft are just as serious and could have potentially life-long consequences for those who have been accused.
When your privacy and security have been violated by unfair accusations, do not sit and wait with the hope that the trial will run in your favor. Instead, immediately get in touch with our passionate Santa Clarita theft crime attorney. Lias Law Firm is ready to support you by aggressively protecting your rights.
Types of Theft in the State of California
When it comes to categorizing types of theft, the Penal Code of California has a host of different classifications.
Some examples of theft categories which we have successfully defended our clients against include:
- Theft through larceny
- Theft that has been made against an employer
- Theft made by false pretenses and deception
- Premeditated actions to accomplish a larger plan
- Theft from an elderly or vulnerable adult
- Illegally taking an automobile or driving a vehicle without the owner’s permission
- Tampering with any part of a vehicle
- Wrongfully using or taking someone else’s vessel or bicycle without permission
- Making an extortion through the use of force or threat
- Making an extortion by utilizing a threatening letter or blackmail
- Extorting someone’s signature
- Possessing property that has been stolen from someone else
Penalties for Theft Crimes
According to Penal Code Section 487 of California, theft is normally categorized as a misdemeanor at first. However, if it turns out the property that was allegedly stolen has a monetary value over $950, misdemeanor petty theft charge can be charged as grand theft.
A petty theft conviction may require require up to six months in county jail, with a maximum fine of up to $1,000. Grand theft felony convictions, on the other hand, may result in steeper consequences. You could be facing three years in a California state prison, extensive probation, and large fines, even after you have served this time.
Aggressive Defense When You Need It the Most
It is key to remember that theft crimes can result in extremely stringent penalties. This is why it is so important to take an accusation seriously and turn to a law firm you can trust. After all, your reputation, job, education, and even housing may be in jeopardy if you are convicted. Fortunately, our experienced Santa Clarita theft crime lawyer at Lias Law Firm is ready to offer you aggressive defense against your charges.