Theft Crime Lawyer in Fresno
California Theft Crime Defense for the Central Valley
Criminal acts which consist of taking another person's money or property
without their permission, are classified as "theft crimes."
Under California law, these can be prosecuted as either a felony or a
misdemeanor. Our law firm consists of experienced
criminal defense attorneys, former prosecutors and former law enforcement officers. We have defended
hundreds of criminal theft cases, and have the skill, knowledge and experience
to fight for you.
Petty theft is the taking of money or property valued at $400 or less.
This is treated as a misdemeanor, and penalties can include up to 6 months
in jail, court fines, restitution, fees and costs of the investigation,
community service, mandatory counseling, and probation. A conviction for
a theft crime, even if it is a misdemeanor, can be used against you to
enhance a future theft into a felony. Petty theft with a prior is treated
as a felony under the California Penal Code, section 666.
When you have a previous petty theft conviction with any amount of jail
time, then the prosecutor will treat a subsequent theft as a felony offense.
Petty theft with a prior has a possible jail time of up to 3 years, in
addition to the court fines and fees, counseling, parole, probation, restitution
and community service.
Taking of another's property or money valued at more than $400 is grand
theft. Grand theft is a felony. Felony theft is punishable by years in
prison, court costs and fees, restitution, parole or probation, and counseling.
If you have any prior theft offenses, then penalties can be enhanced and
include additional fines and jail time.
California theft crimes include:
- Burglary - Penal Code Section 459 PC
- Robbery - Penal Code Section 211 PC
- Shoplifting or petty theft - Penal Code Section 484 PC
- Grand Theft - Penal Code Section 487(a) PC
- Carjacking - Penal Code Section 215 PC
- Petty Theft with a Prior - Penal Code Section 666 PC
- Armed Robbery - Penal Code Section 211 PC
- Armed Robbery with a weapon - Penal Code 12022 PC
- Vehicular Theft - Vehicle Code Section 10851 VC
- Embezzlement - Penal Code Section 503 PC
- Credit Card Fraud - Penal Code Section 484(e) PC
- Money Laundering
- Identity Theft
The type of theft crime charged and applicable penalties will depend on
the type of item stolen, the value of the items, criminal history, and
the facts surrounding how the theft occurred. For repeat offenders, the
sentences may be increased to several years in jail, in addition to all
the other penalties. These crimes carry severe punishments with consequences
that will affect a person for the rest of their life, including their
reputation and standing in the community.
Experienced Criminal Defense
Our attorneys have been helping clients throughout Fresno, Kings, Tulare
and Madera counties. We have successfully represented clients facing theft
charges. At Wapner Jones P.C., we have the skills, knowledge and professional
representation to guide you through the legal process from beginning to
end. If you are being investigated for stalking, or have been charged,
or if you have questions about any other criminal charges, do not hesitate
to contact us today. Fill out our online contact form, or call (559) 257-4707
to schedule a free consultation.