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Accusations of theft are a serious legal matter that can have a deep impact on your life and future. If you or someone you know has been charged with some type of theft crime, it is vital that you understand where you stand, what the penalties could be, the criminal process you will face, and what your potential defenses may be. All of this requires the services of a competent and dedicated criminal defense attorney, preferably one who is experienced in handling such cases in the local court systems in your area.

If you are facing such a situation, we highly recommend that you consult with a San Bernardino/Redlands theft crimes defense attorney at Kassel and Kassel. Our firm is backed by 30 years of experience in criminal law, including extensive trial experience. We handle all types of theft crime charges at both the state and federal level. Our career achievements include being AV Preeminent® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® which is the highest rating available based on peer reviews. No matter how complex or difficult your case may seem, we have the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to thoroughly investigate, review, and devise the best possible defense strategy.

Contact Kassel and Kassel at (909) 581-4888 to schedule a free, initial consultation about your case. You may also request your consultation online.

Types of Theft Charges in California

Basically, theft involves depriving another of property or the value of services without the other party’s consent. Theft can be committed against an individual, a group, a business, or a government agency. Each case of theft is unique, with its own set of circumstances and scenarios. How you are charged will depend on what type of theft is involved, the degree of financial loss caused, and any aggravated factors such as the use of weapons or prior criminal history.

In California, theft is divided into petty theft under Penal Code 484 and grand theft under Penal Code 487. These two types of theft are the most common ones and are based on the value of the property or services stolen. Under the law, property or services stolen that are valued under $950 will lead to petty theft charges while property or services valued above that amount will be charged as grand theft.

The law states that theft involves stealing, taking, carrying, leading, or driving away the stolen property. It also includes defrauding others of money, labor, real property, or personal property. Thus, it can include such activities as:

  • Embezzlement

  • Identity theft

  • Various types of fraud, such as credit card fraud, bank fraud, insurance fraud, health care fraud, and more

Penalties for Theft

Petty theft is charged as a misdemeanor carrying penalties of up to six months in jail and/or fines of up to $1,000. In some cases, you may be granted probation in lieu of jail time.

Grand theft is what is known as a “wobbler” in California which means it may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances. The penalties for grand theft charged as a misdemeanor include up to a year in jail. The penalties for grand theft charged as a felony can be 16 months, two years, or three years in prison. A theft conviction can also have the collateral damage of a permanent criminal record that can limit your qualification for future employment, rental housing, educational opportunities, and may have negative immigration consequences for noncitizens.

Take Advantage of our Experience & Dedication

Various defenses can exist in any theft charge but you will need the knowledge and commitment of a skilled attorney who knows how to challenge the prosecution’s case against you. Our legal team understands what is at stake for anyone accused of theft and how it can harm your reputation and future livelihood. We will work diligently in devising the best possible strategy for helping you reach the most favorable outcome.

Reach out to us at (909) 581-4888 for legal assistance today. Hablamos español.

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