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Theft Crime Lawyer in Van Nuys, CA


Over the course of the past 25 years, I have developed many strategies to protect my client's criminal record if they are charged with a theft related offense. First, we must show the prosecutor and judge the positive side of your life. We have you get character letters from family, friends, your job and any person or entity that knows you to be a good person and have good character. If we can portray you as a positive member of society and show that this type of behavior will never happen again, then we have a strong chance to convince the prosecutor and judge to give you a break.

There are many programs that can be utilized to prevent you from taking a criminal conviction on your record for the rest of your life. The key is to have an attorney that knows which program fits your situation and be able to convince the powers that be to give you a chance to succeed. Every case and client have their own special circumstances that must be evaluated when it comes to a theft crime charge. However, having handled hundreds of cases over the years, I feel confident I have traveled the path you will be taking in the criminal court and can guide you to a successful resolution.


In my opinion, the playing field for theft related offenses has changed drastically over the course of the past few years. The new propositions have directly effected theft related offenses for the good of a criminal defendant in a very positive way. Not only are many more different options available to a person charged with theft crimes, the prosecutors an judge's harsh and negative mentality related to these type of offenses has been smashed. They now realize that society does not want people's lives destroyed over a theft related offense and that they must take a different approach on these cases.

This is where a seasoned savvy defense attorney can come in and literally save the day for you and your future. I make it a point to meet with my clients who are charged with theft crimes and obtain all of the details of their case and situation so we can immediately begin the process of getting a result that takes into account their life and what they a have to lose. Now more than ever, there are things that can be done to protect your record and assist you in being able to overcome your arrest and move on with your life in a positive direction.


Theft is the crime of taking another persons property without consent or authorization. There are many types of theft, including: robbery, burglary, identity theft, credit card theft, embezzlement, shoplifting, receiving stolen property, and carjacking. Theft crimes are typically categorized as grand theft or petty theft. Of the two categories, grand theft is considered more severe, and involves harsher legal consequences. Punishments for theft convictions may involve jail time, restitution (repayment of stolen property's value), fines, probation, and court ordered treatment.

Petty theft is stealing property that is valued at $400 or less. In most cases, petty theft is considered a misdemeanor offense. If a person is convicted of petty theft, he/she may have to pay a fine and spend less than six months in jail. However, if the person has prior theft convictions, or a criminal history, his/her sentence can be enhanced.

Grand theft is stealing property that is valued at $400 or greater, or the theft of a motor vehicle. In California, grand theft is considered a felony offense. If a person is convicted of grand theft, he/she may be punished with a year or more jail time and have to pay a fine. If the theft involved the use of a weapon or firearm, the person may have to spend up to 3 years in prison. Additionally, a persons sentence can be enhanced if he/she has prior theft convictions, or a criminal history.

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At the Hedding Law Firm, we have successfully handled a variety of theft crime cases, ranging from misdemeanors to felonies. Our attorneys understand the adverse consequences people face when they are convicted of a theft crime. That is why we do everything we can to fight for our clients.

If you have been charged with a theft crime, call us today! Our skilled legal team will investigate the facts surrounding your case, contest evidence presented against you, and place every effort into your defense. At the Hedding Law Firm, we are dedicated to our clients and their cases.

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Phone: (818) 986-2092
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