Robbery and Theft Defense Lawyer in the San Fernando Valley
There are multiple types of theft crimes that can be charged in California. If you are facing theft or robbery charges, you should talk to an experienced criminal defense lawyer at the Naderi Law Office. We may be able to help you to resolve your charges more favorably so that you can obtain a better outcome. Many people who face theft crimes charges deserve second chances, and some people are wrongfully accused.
In addition to the potential for incarceration, people who are convicted of theft crimes may face collateral consequences such as trouble finding jobs, problems with professional licenses, and potential immigration consequences for immigrants, including lawful permanent residents.
What are some common theft crimes in California?
Many different theft crimes can be charged under California law. Some of the common types of theft crimes that are charged include the following:
- Petty theft of property up to $950
- Petty theft with a prior conviction
- Grand theft of property worth more than $950
- Grand theft of a firearm regardless of its value
- Grand theft auto for vehicles worth more than $950
- Receiving stolen property
- Mail theft
The first conviction of petty theft is a misdemeanor. However, if you are charged with a second petty theft, the prosecutor may charge you with a felony offense of petty theft with a prior. Regardless of the value of a firearm that you steal, it is considered to be a felony grand theft. For vehicles, however, cars that are worth less than $950 and are stolen are treated as petty thefts while grand theft charges are reserved for when the cars are worth more than $950.
You can be charged with receiving stolen property if you receive property that you knew or had reason to know was stolen. Carjacking is a crime that involves taking a vehicle from someone through the use of fear or force. Robbery occurs when a person uses threats, force, or violence to take property from someone else.
Some people confuse robbery and burglary charges. Burglary is not always a theft offense. You can be charged with burglary when you enter a building with the intent to commit any felony inside or to commit theft. This means that you can be charged with burglary when you force your way into someone else’s home with the intent to assault him or her but not to steal anything, for example.
Defending against California theft charges
It is possible to defend against allegations of theft crimes and to potentially keep the incident off of your criminal record. An experienced defense attorney at the Naderi Law Office will start by analyzing the facts of your case to determine whether the prosecutor has sufficient evidence to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecutor is unable to meet his or her burden of proof, your attorney may be able to get the charges dismissed or to win a verdict of not guilty at a trial.
Even if the evidence against you is strong, experienced lawyers can negotiate with the prosecutor for a more favorable plea to reduce the charges. If the offense is your first theft case, and you do not have a criminal record, your lawyer might be able to secure an agreement to pay restitution to the victim and to complete theft counseling in exchange for the prosecutor dismissing the charges.
Contact the defense lawyers at the Naderi Law Office
Theft charges should not be treated lightly. If you are convicted of a theft offense, you may face jail or prison. Even after you have completed your sentence, you may face collateral consequences that can negatively impact your life. The criminal defense attorneys at the Naderi Law Office have substantial experience defending clients against theft crimes charges. We are located next to the San Fernando Courthouse at 405 N. Macay, Suite 203. You can call us to schedule a consultation at (818) 641-5556.
405 N. Maclay Ave., Suite 203
San Fernando, CA 91340