Theft is often a crime of convenience that may be a symptom of a larger problem. Many people charged with these crimes, including grand theft, are not hardened criminals. They are normal people who do not deserve to have the full extent of the law thrown in their faces. No one understands this better than Graham Donath, an award-winning Riverside theft lawyer.
If you have made a mistake or been wrongly accused of a theft crime, you will need assistance from an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Although some people may not view theft (particularly shoplifting and petty theft) as serious crimes, a conviction can have lasting effects. It may stay on your permanent record for life. It can limit employment opportunities, because there may be trust issues with a person who was convicted of theft. It may also affect the private lives of accused individuals.
At the Law Offices of Graham Donath, APC, serving Riverside County, we have seen many different theft cases come through our doors. From misleading evidence to unknowing possession of stolen goods, we know the defense strategies that will work best for each of our clients. Theft and grand theft accusations do not have to keep you from living your life or finding gainful employment in the future. Let us help you protect your rights against theft charges.
Taking property that is not yours without asking and without the intent to return it is considered theft. Petty theft is the most common type of theft and includes property valued under $950.
Grand theft charges may be applied in cases where the property value is higher than $950 and in cases of firearm theft or automotive theft.
Petty theft is almost always charged as a misdemeanor. Grand theft may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. Cases that may be considered misdemeanors or felonies are called wobblers. Firearms and vehicles with values of $950 or more will be charged as felonies in California courts. Other types of theft include the known acceptance of stolen property, embezzlement, fraud, identity theft, robbery, burglary, and carjacking.
The amount, charges, and circumstances will affect the severity of sentencing. Those convicted of theft may spend time in a local jail or state prison and be required to complete community service, pay restitution, and/or pay a fine. Depending on the circumstances, such as theft of a firearm or robbery, the act may qualify as a violent crime. Violent crimes are part of California’s three strikes sentencing arrangement and may include harsher sentencing.
Theft cases can be complex because of state laws and the circumstances surrounding theft. Depending on the individual case, we may be able to have the charges dropped or reduced. To get the best possible outcome for your individual charges, consult with a Riverside theft attorney sooner rather than later.
Common defenses in theft cases include:
At the Law Offices of Graham Donath, APC, we have the experience and expertise needed to fight theft accusations and charges successfully. It is never too early or too late to contact a criminal defense attorney to protect your rights against theft charges in California. The right defense attorney can make a difference in whether you go back to work when your case is over or if your life will change forever. For theft and grand theft criminal defense in Riverside, contact our office for more information at any time. Trust us to get results.