Being accused of petty theft can be a very scary experience. Moreover, the consequences can be surprisingly severe. Consequences for theft can include jail time, probation, hefty fines, a criminal record, and potentially disastrous immigration consequences for those who are not United States Citizens. If you are being charged with Petty theft or shoplifting you should call us immediately. Our petty theft defense attorneys know how to successfully handle petty theft cases.
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Are you aware that people can actually face jail time for theft? If that surprises you, you are not alone. Many people are surprised when they find out how harsh punishments for theft an be. This is especially true if you have been previously convicted of petty theft. In that instance a petty theft can become what is known as “a petty theft with a prior” which means a petty theft charge being brought against someone with a prior history of theft. Previously, this charge was often a felony, however, under new California law Proposition 47 certain petty theft with a a prior charges are automatically reduced to misdemeanors. Call us for a free consultation with a petty theft attorney. We can make sure your rights protected and attempt to reduce your charges.
Petty Theft or Grand Theft? Misdemeanor or Felony Theft?
Theft crimes often fall into one of two categories: Petty Theft or Grand Theft. The difference is determined by the value of the items taken. For most items, the threshold for grand theft is if the value of the property exceeds $950. However, under California Penal Code section 497 there are many items which if stollen, lower the threshold to $250 dollar! If you have been arrested or cited, you should consult with one of our criminal defense attorney immediately to determine what type of potential punishment you are facing and how to defend yourself effectively.
In Some Instances A Skilled Petty Theft Defense Lawyer Can Help You Avoid a Conviction Through Diversion
Depending on the value of the items stolen, in some cases we can work out an arrangement with the district attorney whereby you take a class and have the charges dropped. This is often referred to as diversion. In other instances it may be possible to work out a plea bargain for an infraction which is not criminal and keeps your record clean. If you are facing theft charges, call to consult with one of our defense attorneys immediately.
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