Have you been accused of a theft crime? Let the experienced attorneys at Chambers Law Firm help you fight back.
Penalties for theft charges can range from a slap on the wrist to big fines and years of incarceration. And in every case, a theft conviction on your permanent record will severely limit your future employment prospects, as no employer wants to hire a thief. So as you can see, it is extremely important to oppose any and all theft allegations quickly and aggressively, to protect yourself from any undeserved or unduly harsh punishments. As your theft defense attorney, Chambers Law Firm is here to help with this effort.
Types of Theft Crimes
Petty Theft: Stealing cash or property worth less than $950 is a misdemeanor known as petty theft.
Grand Theft: When more than $950 in cash or property is stolen, or when the property is a car or a firearm, the crime can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or felony grand theft.
Identity Theft: Stealing someone’s personal information such as their credit card number, bank account number, SSN, etc. with the intent of committing a fraud is identity theft.
Trade Secret Theft: Stealing any type of intellectual property, such as a proprietary formula, plan, program, tool, technique, or process can qualify as trade secret theft.
Robbery: If you steal cash or property directly from a person using force or threats, you can be charged with robbery.
Burglary: You can be charged with burglary regardless of whether you are actually successful in stealing anything. Burglary charges apply as long as you entered a building, room, or vehicle with the intent of committing a theft crime.
Shoplifting: Although California does have a specific crime called shoplifting, which applies to entering a store during business hours with the intent of stealing, most of the time this crime will be prosecuted as petty theft or grand theft.
Receiving Stolen Property: It is a crime to buy, receive, sell, or hold any property that you know has been stolen.
We Know the Best Theft Defense Strategies
At Chambers Law Firm, we have ample experience in theft crimes defense. We know all the different legal statutes that apply to different types of theft crimes, and we also know the best ways to prevent a conviction for any of them. The first task we will turn our attention to is reviewing all the evidence against you. If anything was obtained through illegal search and seizure, we can get it thrown out. We also know how to challenge other types of evidence such as eyewitness statements and forensics. Next, we will look for new evidence to support your defense. Depending on what we find, we may be able to get the charges against you dropped or secure an acquittal at trial.
If you are a first time theft offender with no criminal record, one very productive strategy is to have you repay the amount stolen and perhaps also do some community service work. If you do this, the DA will probably agree to drop the charges so you will not have a theft conviction go on your record.
Call Now for a Free Consultation
If you have been accused of any kind of theft crime, Chambers Law Firm is at your service 24/7. We can even come meet you in custody and help you arrange for your release. Call us at 714-760-4088 now to learn more during a free initial consultation.