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Theft Attorneys in Dublin
Types of Theft Charges in California
Theft is a crime that may not involve the loss of life, but it could lead to the loss of your freedom if you are accused. Thompson • Garcia Law has over six decades of combined experience in state and federal theft law, so you can rest assured that our team is prepared for whatever the prosecution may do.
Theft is an umbrella term for several crimes, including:
- Petty theft
- Grand theft
- Identity theft
Further categories include versions of the above crimes like shoplifting that may be charged as theft. In general, the severity of punishment depends on the value of items stolen.
For example, petty theft (which includes shoplifting), an item with a value under $100, may be charged as a misdemeanor rather than a felony. On the other hand, crimes like grand theft auto cross the boundaries of property value into a higher level of criminality. In these cases, depending on the methods used to steal the vehicle, an individual could face several years in prison and a felony conviction.
The cost of a criminal record goes beyond the courtroom. Protect your freedom and contact our Dublin theft lawyers today. Call Thompson • Garcia Law at (510) 757-1878 for more information.
Theft charges, particularly grand theft, can be wobblers which means they could shift from a misdemeanor to a felony depending on the circumstances surrounding the case.
To prove theft, the prosecution must clearly show that the defendant knowingly took property belonging to someone else without their consent. They must also show that movement occurred, meaning the item in question was moved from one location to another to hide the crime.
Using grand theft auto as an example, one of the most crucial points of these cases is whether the vehicle changed hands at any time. If the defendant allegedly sold the stolen car to another person, there are two crimes and two parties involved in the case: the thief and the buyer.
Purchasing stolen goods is only a crime if you know they are stolen, but if the prosecution has a clue that you may have had prior knowledge of the item’s origin, you could face harsher penalties.
Theft charges can change based on additional evidence or insight that suggests more criminal intent. For example, stealing a computer from the office is one thing, but doing it as a way to cover up a larger embezzlement scheme is another.
In general, theft is punishable by fines and a minimum of six months in prison for misdemeanors or two years for felonies. Evidence is critical in these cases, and California law leaves enough room for prosecutors to stretch the facts or make conclusions in the absence of proof.
That is why it is critical that you have an experienced attorney on your side who understands the legal system.
Experienced Attorneys Who Fight for You
Being accused of a crime can be devastating, and your future may become uncertain. Theft cases are complex, and the evidence may be stacked against you for maximum effect, but Thompson • Garcia Law never shies away from a tough battle.
Our Dublin team of experienced and successful legal professionals is prepared to fight for you. We believe that no case is hopeless and that every client deserves a second chance which is why we tenaciously defend those who entrust their case to us.
You do not have to face theft charges alone. Thompson • Garcia Law is prepared to explore every avenue of defense and pursue the most optimal result on your behalf.
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