San Fernando Valley Theft Crime Attorney
Theft Crimes Lawyer in Van Nuys, CA
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, shoplifting, 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.
Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys
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.