Theft Crime Lawyer in Century City
Woodland Hills Criminal Defense Attorney
Theft constitutes the crime of taking the property of another person without
the consent to do so. Theft can lead to a number of legal consequences.
There are many reasons that miscommunications can occur and a person may
be charged for theft. Many criminal charges often present more than meets
the eye after further investigation takes place. At
Taub & Taub, P.C., our Century City criminal defense lawyer is a former prosecutor and can
begin investigating charges to locate any weak points. Speak with us immediately
after you are charged so that we can begin developing a defense plan.
Types of Theft and Penalties
There are a number of crimes that fall under the term of theft crimes for
the state of California.
Petty Theft – Petty theft is charged as a misdemeanor, unless previously convicted
of theft. In this case, the defendant may be charged with a felony. Penal
Code sections 486, 487 and 488, define petty theft as taking the property
of another up to a value of $950. A common type of petty theft is shoplifting.
For a first time conviction, the penalties can reach up to six months in
jail or a fine of $1,000. Petty theft with a prior is a "wobbler,"
so it may be considered a misdemeanor or a felony. A misdemeanor for it
can lead to up to a year in jail. A felony for petty theft with a prior
can lead to as much as three years in prison.
Grand Theft – This crime is committed when the value that is taken rises above
$950. It can be either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the details
of the crime. A misdemeanor can lead to up to a year in the county jail,
while a felony can lead to a maximum of three years behind bars. When
a firearm is involved in a crime of grand theft, it will be automatically
increased to a felony.
Burglary – Burglary involves entering into a structure for the purpose of
committing a theft or any felony. If this takes place in a home or place
where people live, then it will be considered a strike under the Three
Strikes Laws of the state.
Robbery – Robbery is taking the property of another person through threats
or violence. A conviction will be counted as a strike. If a vehicle is
stolen, regardless of its worth, it will be considered grand theft auto.
If force or threats are used when taking the vehicle, then this is considered
Theft & Immigration – Theft is often considered to be a
crime of moral turpitude, which is doing something that is against the society's standard of
morals and justice. Crimes that fall into this category may be reason
that those accused are denied certain licenses or certifications, hindering
their careers. The penalties of a conviction are more than just the fines
and probation. They can influence many aspects of your life if you are
found guilty, from social aspects to your job. We want to reduce these
effects as much as possible and we will work tirelessly to have your charges
reduced or fully dropped.
Dismissal of or Sealing a Theft Record
In California it is possible to have a record dismissed or sealed. This
can be a great benefit for those that have had to continually endure the
repercussions of the conviction, even after they have served their sentence.
A theft crime may still turn up in a background check though and an employer
will be able to view these details when they are considering a person
to hire. Many of them are likely to avoid those that have a criminal record
and they may choose someone less qualified above those with a conviction.
People make mistakes and if a person has served the time and has moved
on from the circumstances of his or her theft conviction, he or she should
be able to be free and not be haunted by that episode for the rest of
his or her life. Unfortunately, others may not always let them. While
having the record dismissed or sealed serves as a great choice for many,
oftentimes, the best thing to do is fight the charges from the start to
avoid the conviction in the first place.
Defending against Charges in Woodland Hills, CA
There are a number of ways to defend against allegations of theft. This
is important to do because you are protecting yourself from the penalties,
as well as guarding your reputation from having a mark on your criminal
record. One of the main ways to defend allegations is by showing that
the theft was not actually committed. There may have been a miscommunication
and innocent people are often accused. It may be that the items were actually
paid for, the property belongs to you or that you took it with the consent
of the owner.
Call us today so that we can start developing a
defense plan for you. Our team of Woodland Hills and Century City criminal defense
lawyers has over 40 years of experience and we have taken on countless
cases during our time, continually seeking resolutions for our clients.
We care about each person we represent and it is our goal to defend their
Our criminal lawyers understand that wrongful accusations are made each
day. We also know that many people make mistakes but they can be penalized
too harshly by the justice system. You have a right to be defended and
defended well and we will do just that for you.