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Theft crimes are defined as the unlawful taking of another person’s property or money and can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Theft Crime lawyer at the Kareem Law APC, we recognize that many of those charged with theft crimes are respected members of the community who have made a mistake in judgment and that many others are innocent people who have been falsely accused of theft based on unfounded and false statements.

The consequences of a theft crime in California depend on a variety of factors, including the manner in which the items were stolen, the value of the stolen property, and the offender’s criminal history.

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What’s So Bad About Theft Crimes?

There are three types of crimes that employers are keen to avoid in their workers: violent crimes, sex crimes, and theft crimes. Surprisingly, it is theft crimes that are feared the most. A theft crime can keep you from future employment opportunities, especially if it is a felony. Depending on the profession, there are positions where violent criminals and even sexual criminals can work. They may be low-status positions away from the public, but it still works. However, every business is protective of their money, and if they can’t trust that you won’t steal it then they won’t hire you. Furthermore, it’s much harder to start your own business with a theft record because it can be hard to get funding if you’re a convicted thief. It may seem unfair that a convicted murderer might have better job prospects than a simple burglar, but such is the way of the world. This is why it is vitally important to fight any theft charge placed on you, especially one that could turn into a felony. Your reputation is at extreme risk once you are charged.

What Are The Penalties For Theft Crimes?

There are various Theft Charges, ranging from misdemeanors to felonies. We handle every type of theft case and have achieved outstanding results.

This is a small sample of the types of theft charges we have successfully defended for our clients:

  • Petty Theft (Penal Code Section 484) is the smallest Theft. This is a misdemeanor with a maximum of 6 months in jail/fines/probation. Shoplifting carries similar penalties if done during business hours, and the amount stolen was less than $950 merchandise.

  • Petty Theft with a Prior (Penal Code 666): If you’ve been convicted of a crime in the past and then are charged with petty Theft, this is the next charge up. It can be charged as either a Misdemeanor or a Felony. A Misdemeanor Petty theft with a Prior carries a 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 and can be subdivided into several types depending on what was stolen. Grand Theft can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, carrying a 1-year or 3-year sentence.

  • Embezzlement (Penal Code 503) is the charge for persons alleged to have stolen while serving as an employee or trustee of a business. It is a classic example of a “white-collar” crime. This wobbler can be filed as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the amount taken. As such, the penalties can vary widely.

  • Commercial Burglary (Penal Code 459) is also known 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. If you’re accused of walking into a business and stealing something above the $950 limit, this is the charge that will be given. Note that if you’ve been charged with this crime before 2014, it may be possible to get your charge re-sentenced to a misdemeanor and get the felony wiped from your record. Speak with Manshoory Law for more details about this.

  • Residential Burglary (Penal Code 459) is also known as first-degree burglary. The difference between residential burglary and “breaking and entering” is that the accused entered the home without forcing their way in. Residential burglary is a strike offense under California’s three-strikes law. It is always a felony and lasts 6 years in prison.

  • Auto/Vehicle Burglary is the burglary of the contents of a car. This can be treated as a misdemeanor or a felony.

  • Robbery (Penal Code 211) is always a felony and a Strike. To prove a robbery, the prosecution has to show that you acquired the victim’s property by fear or force. This nearly doubles your sentence if they allege that a weapon was used. If there is an allegation that a gun was used, that adds 10 years to a robbery sentence in California.

This isn’t a full list of theft crimes in the criminal code. Things like fraudulent checks and credit cards, appropriation of lost property, or even trade secret Theft can all be classified as theft crimes.

Each charge has its defenses, and each requires the help of a theft crimes lawyer on your side to enact them.

What do You need To Know To Defend?

The history of the different shades of Theft has led to many theft crimes and penalties. In California, many theft crimes can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. Additionally, the presence or absence of certain activities during the incident can change the law (e.g., whether force was used.) These are known as “wobbler” laws in California.

The best result a criminal defense lawyer can get is dropping all charges, but sometimes that isn’t possible. But that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. A lawyer can use their skill to argue for a lesser charge or to get a felony charge moved to a misdemeanor. While you’ll still be punished in these cases, it will be less severe than what you would have received if you didn’t have a defense.

Theft Crime Defense Lawyer Near Me

If you or a member of your family has been accused of a crime or if you learn that you are under investigation, it is in your best interest to contact KAREEM A. RAMADAN, a criminal defense attorney at Kareem Law APC, immediately. We can begin building your case as soon as you are informed of an accusation against you, taking the time to listen to your needs and uncover the circumstances surrounding your case.

If you are currently involved in a legal matter, our attorneys can represent you in court. Since 2013, we’ve assisted countless clients with complex litigation. We can help defend you if you did not intend to commit a crime, were the victim of an unjust accusation, or were involved in an illegal law enforcement sting operation.

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Questions To Ask When Choosing Your Criminal Defense Attorney

California’s lawmakers define theft as stealing property by larceny, false pretense, or embezzlement, with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property. The offense level depends on the value of the stolen property and an offender’s prior criminal history.

Shoplifting in California is normally a misdemeanor offense that carries a maximum potential penalty of up to six months in the county jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

If you’re convicted of Petty Theft, the penalty maybe six months in a county jail, a fine of not more than $1,000, or both a fine and imprisonment.

Make Sure You Hire a Reliable Criminal Defense Attorney

When you are facing criminal charges, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney you can trust. Kareem has been practicing criminal law for more than a decade and is one of the most trusted and highly rated attorneys. Whether you need help with a domestic violence case, felony and misdemeanor cases, theft crimes, or any other criminal charges, call Kareem Law APC for excellent legal representation. Kareem is a compassionate criminal lawyer who will protect your rights, guide you through every step of the process, provide you with the legal counsel you deserve, and fight hard to obtain optimal results. Call today at (888)-506-6519 or use our online contact form to schedule contact with a seasoned criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles.



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Attorney Kareem uses his training and experience as a former prosecutor to defend clients throughout Los Angeles and San Bernardino. If you are arrested or charged with a criminal offense, you need someone with experience to defend and protect your rights. Call Kareem.
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