Theft Crime Attorney in Victorville
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With a failing economy and decreased wages or job opportunities, many Californians are feeling desperate about their financial situation. Unfortunately, such overwhelming circumstances can sometimes make people more likely to turn to theft. Storeowners and retail managers take such crimes extremely seriously, which is why there are often such high fees attached to these convictions. Unfortunately, their zeal, while understandable, can sometimes go too far. Even if a situation was a complete misunderstanding, some managers or retail owners still press charges, simply to teach a lesson to potential thieves.
No matter what specific theft crime you have been accused of, it is essential to get in touch with our theft crime lawyer in Victorville as soon as possible, so that Holistic Legal can be there to support you with powerful criminal defense.
Contact us now at (760) 253-1113 to get a free consultation with our devoted team today.
Types of Theft Crimes
There are several offenses that are classified as theft crimes in the state of California, including:
- Petty theft with a prior
- Identity theft
- Vehicular theft
- Welfare fraud
- Grand theft
- Armed robbery
- Money laundering
- Credit card fraud
Misdemeanor Theft Crimes in California
Another name for taking money or property that is valued at less than $950 is known as petty theft. A misdemeanor or a petty theft is punishable by up to half a year in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000. The defendant not only has to pay for all restitution for the plaintiff but will also need to pay all the fees accumulated from the criminal defensive investigation, counseling classes, and probation. Even though this kind of crime may not be as severe as convictions for other crimes, it is crucial to fight the misdemeanor as powerfully and as quickly as possible. Failure to do so can greatly increase the long-term consequences you face.
Felony Theft Crimes in California
If any money or property valued at $950 or more has been taken without the consent of the owner, this is known as grand theft. Every theft crime which has been counted as a felony may be subject to penalties such as extended time spent in prison, expensive fines for court fees, parole or probation, as well as counseling. The person convicted of a crime is often required to pay reimbursement costs of both the victim and the police officials themselves. Moreover, no matter how “incidental” the first crime was, it will remain on your record permanently and incur more severe penalties if you are ever convicted of another crime.
What are the Elements of Burglary in California?
The elements of burglary in California include:
- The defendant entered a building, room within a building or locked vehicle AND
- When he or she entered into the building, room or vehicle, he or she intended to commit theft or a felony.
A person is considered to have entered a building if some part of his or her body, or some object they are using, penetrates the area inside the building's outer boundary, which can include the area inside a window screen or an attached second-floor boundary. For the burglary statute to apply to an automobile, there must be evidence of forced entry into a locked vehicle. Simply entering an unlocked vehicle would not be enough to violate the burglary statute.
Getting You the Justice You Deserve
Sadly, too often theft “cases” are based on shaky evidence and a misinterpretation of what was really occurring at an event. Many innocent people only take something by accident, as an object falls into their bags. Others may borrow something with full intention of returning it but neglected to turn it in on time. Still others have been victims of mistaken identity or miscommunication. No matter your situation, being wrongfully charged with committing theft can incur horrible penalties and damage your reputation forever. Our theft crime attorney in Victorville is determined to support you in your hour of need.