Theft & Fraud
Receipt of Stolen Property
Credit Card Theft
Los Angeles Theft Crime Lawyer
Los Angeles Criminal Attorney Debra S. White takes a unique approach when defending against charges of theft such as shoplifting or petty theft, grand theft, and embezzlement. Ms. White develops creative and strategic defenses catered to the needs of each client in order to obtain the best outcome possible. Her methods have proven successful for countless clients charged with theft throughout Los Angeles courts.
A theft crime is a criminal act in which a person willfully takes another person’s property without consent. In California, theft crimes can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the value of the property taken. For example, if the property taken is valued at $950 or less, then it will be classified as petty theft and will usually be charged as a misdemeanor. If the stolen property is valued at less than $50, the petty theft charge may be reduced to an infraction. If the property is valued above $950, then it is classified as grand theft and will usually be charged as a felony. The classification of the charge as a misdemeanor or a felony will also depend on whether the defendant has prior theft charges or a prior criminal record.
Theft Crime Punishment
If a person is charged with a theft crime as a misdemeanor, they face up to one year in jail, probation, fines and fees, and will be ordered to pay restitution to any victims. In addition, they may be required to perform Cal Trans or community service, and participate in a rehabilitation program.
If a person is charged with a theft offense as a felony, they can face several years or more in prison depending on the nature of the charge, the monetary value of the property taken, whether anyone was harmed or injured as a result of the offense, and the defendant’s prior criminal history. They will also be placed on probation or parole, will be ordered to pay any restitution due to the victim, and required to pay expensive fines and fees. Additional consequences, and alternatives to jail include electronic home monitoring or house arrest, work release, Cal Trans, Community Service, restitution to the victim(s), and participation in a rehabilitation program
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