Penalties for theft charges under California law can vary from a slap on the wrist to big monetary fines and years in prison. And in every case, a conviction for a theft crime results in a permanent record, which can seriously limit your future employment prospects since no employer wants to hire a thief. However, just because you are charged with a theft crime does not mean it will automatically result in a conviction.
In order to protect your legal rights and make sure you avoid any undeserved or unduly harsh punishments, you need to immediately hire an experienced and aggressive Central Valley theft crimes defense attorney. The legal team at the Srai Law Office has defended many individuals across the Central Valley facing theft crime charges. We will do everything possible to help you avoid a criminal conviction.
Types of Theft Crimes
There are different types of theft crimes under California law, including:
- 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.
Our Stockton Theft Crimes Defense Approach
At the Srai Law Office, we have years of experience in theft crimes defense. Our experienced legal team knows all the different statutes that apply to the different types of theft crimes and we know the best ways to prevent a conviction for any of them. We will thoroughly investigate the evidence against you. If any of the pieces of evidence was obtained through illegal search and seizure, we will get it thrown out. Our experienced Central Valley theft crimes attorneys also know how to challenge other types of evidence, including eyewitness statements and forensics.
Our legal team will also look for new evidence to support your defense. Depending on the evidence we locate, we may even be able to get the charges against you dismissed or secure an acquittal at time of trial.
The Importance of Hiring a Stockton Theft Crimes Defense Attorney
A successful defense strategy to charge of a theft crime starts early because it is necessary to gather important evidence while it is still available. This is why it is imperative that you immediately hire an attorney after an arrest. The experienced legal team at the Srai Law Office will work hard to protect your legal rights and make sure you have the strongest defense possible.
Since each case is fact specific, we need to work with the details surrounding your arrest to build a defense that is tailored to your specific case. Our Central Valley defense attorneys will file motions, and determine how to effectively argue your case to convince the prosecutor or the judge that the case is weak and the charges should be dismissed.
Call Us Today!
The Central Valley theft crimes attorneys at the Srai Law Office provide experienced, quality legal assistance to individuals charged with the various types of theft crimes under California law. Everyone deserves the best defense possible, and attorney Gurjit Srai is prepared to fight for you.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our Central Valley theft crimes defense lawyers, please call us at (209) 323-5558 or (559) 314-2796, or complete our online form.