Theft Crimes

Theft CrimesMany individuals who are facing theft charges are good people with minimal, if any criminal records; people who are innocent, made an error in judgment, or had a moment of weakness in hard financial times.

If you have been charged with a theft crime, please contact a Los Angeles theft lawyer at Shield Criminal Defense Law at (213) 514-8732

The state of California defines theft as “the intentional and unlawful taking of property. In order for a theft to occur, the offender must intend to permanently deprive the owner of the property.” (Cal. Pen. Code, § 484.)

A Qualified Los Angeles Theft Attorney Can Assist You

Under California law, a large variety of criminal acts fall into the category of theft offenses, which include:

  • Auto theft
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Embezzlement
  • Fraud
  • Automobile Theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Credit card theft
  • Receiving stolen property

California law also defines several other specific offenses as theft, such as:

  • Failing to return rented property or merchandise
  • Using information from another person’s debit, credit card or bank account in order to purchase goods or services
  • Misappropriating property that has been entrusted to the defendant
  • Purposely defrauding someone of property, and
  • Obtaining credit with fraudulent information

All theft crimes are considered to be “crimes of moral turpitude”, otherwise known as crimes of dishonesty, and can have extremely harsh consequences both inside and outside of the court system.  While certain theft charges, such as “petty theft” are misdemeanor offenses, most theft crimes are considered felonious.

Some theft crimes involve aggravating factors such as deceit, violence, or the use of a weapon.  The most serious, and most heavily punished theft crimes involve the use or threatened use of force.

A conviction of any theft crime, misdemeanor or felony, can result in lasting penalties such as:

  • Heavy fines
  • Restitution payments to the victim
  • Incarceration
  • Loss of employment
  • Inability to gain future employment
  • Loss of trust from friends and family members

Additionally, in California any theft crime involving the use of a weapon or threat will automatically be a “strike” offense, which can potentially affect one’s life forever, and put them at risk of facing a mandatory state prison sentence.

How do you defend Los Angeles theft charges?

When you call Shield Criminal Defense Law, our Los Angeles theft attorney can determine whether one of the following factors can serve as a defense in your case:

  • Claim of ownership or right of possession
  • Mistake of fact or law
  • Owner’s consent
  • Entrapment
  • Falsely Accused
  • Lack of Intent

We understand that even good people make bad choices. We all face times of great financial strain and stress due to the economy, job loss, medical bills and other extenuating circumstances. Don’t let a decision made in a crisis affect your future in the long run.

If you have been charged with theft or a theft related crime in Los Angeles, it is vital that you contact criminal defense lawyers who are experienced with theft cases. Our Los Angeles theft lawyer has successfully represented clients facing criminal charges for over a decade.

Let us help you today. Call Shield Criminal Defense Law at (213) 514-8732. We are here 24 hours a day to speak to you.