If you are facing theft charges in Los Angeles, you could face incarceration, fines, probation and a criminal record that will change the direction of your life.
An experienced Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney can make all the difference by ensuring that your case is resolved without jail time and does not damage your record for the rest of your life. There are a wide variety of Theft Charges, ranging from misdemeanors to felonies. We handle every type of theft case and have achieved outstanding results:
Different types of Theft Crimes
Petty Theft (Penal Code Section 484)-Misdemeanor with maximum of 6 months jail/fines/probation.
Petty Theft with a Prior (Penal Code 666)-Can be charged as either a Misdemeanor or Felony. A Misdemeanor Petty theft with a Prior, carries one year maximum in county jail. A Felony carries a maximum of 3 years in prison.
Grand Theft (Penal Code 487) is the theft of property over $950 in value. This can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, carrying 1 year or 3 years respectively.
Embezzlement (Penal Code 503) is a common charge for persons that are alleged to have stolen while serving as an employee or trustee of a business. This is a wobbler that can be filed as misdemeanor or felony depending on the amount taken.
Commercial Burglary (Penal Code 459) is classifies as Second-Degree Burglary and can be charged as either a Misdemeanor or a Felony with a maximum of 1 year or 3 years, respectively. It is not considered a strike if filed as a felony.
Residential Burglary (Penal Code 459) is classified as First-Degree Burglary and is always a felony and carries a maximum of 6 years in prison. A Residential Burglary is a strike offense.
Auto/Vehicle Burglary is the burglary of the contents of a car. This can be treated as a misdemeanor or felony.
Robbery (Penal Code 211) Always a felony and always a Strike. To prove a robbery, the prosecution has to show that you acquired the victim’s property by fear or force. If they allege that a weapon was used, this nearly doubles your sentence. An allegation that a gun was used, adds 10 years to a Robbery.
How to defend a Theft Charges
Our office has handled every possible type of theft charge and brings that experience to your case. Being an experienced Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney allows Shaheen Manshoory and his associates to review the facts of your case and develop a strong defense to fight the charges against you.
We will stop at nothing to put the pressure on the government to prove every element of the crimes they have alleged. When they are unable to prove it, we demand the charges be dismissed.
Possible Defense to a Theft Offense are:
No force or fear used (Robbery, Carjacking)
No intent to steal, or permanently deprive the owner of the thing of value. (Petty Theft, Grand Theft)
Wrong Person arrested (all theft charges)
No theft or other crime occurred or there was no intent to commit a crime when upon entry of the place. (Residential Burglary, Commercial Burglary)
Reducing charges to a misdemeanor
Fortunately, most theft charges are “Wobblers,” which means they can be filed or reduced to a misdemeanor. No conviction will hinder your future employment prospects any more than a Felony Theft Conviction. For this reason and many others, its vital to make sure that your case is reduced to a misdemeanor and ultimately expunged.
Hiring an experienced criminal theft attorney early-on in the game can make the difference between jail and freedom.