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Petty Theft Lawyer in San Fernando Valley


For the past 25 years I have fought tooth and nail to keep my clients' criminal records clear and free from the devastating effects of a theft related conviction. In recent times, the pengelum has finally swung in the defense's favor. With the passage of Proposition 47, judges and prosecutors have taken an entirely different view and approach to petty theft related cases. They are actually working with criminal defendants in order to give them a chance to clear their record.

There are diversion programs and all sorts of different angles that can be used to protect your record. It is a brave new world for someone charge with a theft related offense. There is light at the end of the tunnel. The key thing you need is an advocate on your side who knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system and can make the system work for you.

When I meet with clients for the first time, I have a serious goal of figuring out what step we can take to rid you of your petty theft case. When we leave the meeting, we should be leaving with a clear plan in place to make the moves to leave you with a clear record in the end. What seemed unrealistic in the past is now actually very realistic and can be done if the right moves are made.


The courts in Los Angeles County and the San Fernando Valley have been forced by the voters of California to give many people charged with petty theft related offenses diversion programs that can keep their record clean if they have no prior theft related conviction. This is a far cry from the harsh position that courts and prosecutors have taken for many years related to theft related offenses. This literally will save hundreds of people from potentially ever being able to obtain a good paying job in the future.

In my experience, many employers will not hire people who have been convicted of a petty theft related offense. Now that there is hope in the form of these diversionary programs being offered, there has been a huge shift in favor of protecting many people's records who would have had not chance in the past. In my opinion it is still a good idea to have a seasoned local attorney by yourside making sure that you are treated fairly and avail yourself of every possible opportunity there is out there for you. Prosecutors and judges are still not happy about this turn of events and are not there to help you or protect your record like you own private criminal defense attorney will be there to do.

Some people have the false notion that petty theft is not that serious of a crime but the reality is that it is serious and can result in serious penalties.

California Penal Code 484 defines petty theft as:

(a) Every person who shall feloniously steal, take, carry, lead, or drive away the personal property of another, or who shall fraudulently appropriate property which has been entrusted to him or her, or who shall knowingly and designedly, by any false or fraudulent representation or pretense, defraud any other person of money, labor or real or personal property, or who causes or procures others to report falsely of his or her wealth or mercantile character and by thus imposing upon any person, obtains credit and thereby fraudulently gets or obtains possession of money, or property or obtains the labor or service of another, is guilty of theft.

To be convicted of the crime of petty theft the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:

1. The defendant took possession of property owned by someone else;

2. The defendant took the property without the owner's consent;

3. When the defendant took the property they intended to deprive the owner of it permanently or to remove it from the owner's possession for so extended a period of time that the owner would be deprived of a major portion of the value or enjoyment of the property;


4. The defendant moved the property, even a small distance, and kept it for any period of time, however brief.

Our Petty Theft Attorneys will sit and down and discuss everything with you further in detail if you are being charged with petty theft. Our main priority is to get you the best possible results and protect your freedom and legal rights.

We will help you and lay out all your options for you.

Call us and set up a free face to face case consultation.

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The Hedding Law Firm

Phone: (818) 986-2092 | (866) 986-2092
The Hedding Law Firm
Phone: (818) 986-2092
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16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436
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Los Angeles, CA 90071