Robbery Case Dismissed After the Preliminary Hearing

July 21, 2020 1:26 pm Published by
I had a case where I was defending somebody charged with a robbery at a particular store in the San Fernando Valley and I remember my client giving me kind of their version of events and then comparing that to the police report and just kind of scratching my head and thinking there is something no right about this case.  Something doesn’t make sense.  I’m going to get to the… Continure reading

Residential Burglary Charge Dismissed at the Preliminary Hearing

July 16, 2020 2:49 pm Published by
I had a case a number where my client was charged with residential burglary.  It was actually a pretty weak case against him but the prosecutors had filed it anyway.  Basically, whoever the burglar was had gone up to burglarize a house and apparently was wearing some plastic or latex gloves to make sure that his or her fingerprints weren’t left at the burglary scene. They broke through the plane… Continure reading

Consequences of a Joyriding Conviction

January 20, 2020 3:50 pm Published by
Joyriding, also known as taking an owner’s vehicle without their consent, can have serious consequences.  You used to be subject to potentially three years in prison, but now since Governor Brown has changed the prison and county jail system, a conviction for the theft crime of joy-riding would not expose you to prison. The crime of joyriding is defined under California Vehicle Code 10851. Rather, it would instead expose you… Continure reading

Common Defenses in California Theft Crime Cases

January 13, 2020 4:25 pm Published by
One defense, obviously, is that you’re not the person who stole whatever it is that is claiming to have been stolen and the prosecutors do not have the evidence to prove that you are. So, that would be more of an identification-type issue as it related to a theft crime offense.  Another one is, and I’ve seen this theft at either supermarkets, stores in the mall, high-priced places like big… Continure reading

What are the Consequences of a Robbery Conviction?

January 6, 2020 3:23 pm Published by
If you don’t know, robbery has been declared a strike pursuant to the California Three Strikes Law and the legislature of California.  It is characterized as a violent felony because usually somebody’s doing something violent during the robbery, whether it be using force or fear to take somebody’s property away. California Penal Code 211 describes the crime of robbery, which is considered a type of theft crime offense. Most times… Continure reading

Why An Employee Who Embezzles Is Treated Harshly

January 4, 2019 2:04 pm Published by
Embezzlement really has to do with somebody who sits in a position of trust in a business or a company or even a little mom-and-pop store and they use that position of trust to be able to take some merchandise, cash or whatever is of value related to that business, store or mom-and-pop shop.  The reason that embezzlement is treated more harshly than a theft-related offense that would be carried… Continure reading

Theft by False Pretenses Charges in California

February 12, 2018 7:46 am Published by
Theft by False Pretenses Charges in San Fernando Valley – California Penal Code Section 532 More and more I’m seeing people being charged with the crime of theft by false pretenses under California Penal Code 532. This basically has to do with one person tricking another person into giving them money or property and that person not performing their end of the bargain. For example, if someone was claiming that… Continure reading

California Identity Theft Charges

October 25, 2017 6:39 am Published by
HOW TO ACHIEVE A FAVORABLE OUTCOME IN AN IDENTITY THEFT CASE IN SAN FERNANDO VALLEY – CALIFORNIA PENAL CODE 530.5 When it comes to identity theft under California Penal Code 530.5, it is important to realize that these type of offenses are those that judges and prosecutor pay special attention to because of the invasion of the victim’s privacy. Also, many judges and prosecutors have been the victim of identity… Continure reading

Petty Theft with a Prior in California

October 11, 2017 7:13 am Published by
California Penal Code Section 666 LEARN THE CONSEQUENCES OF BEING CHARGED WITH PETTY THEFT WITH A PRIOR IN SAN FERNANDO VALLEY Obviously the more theft related offenses that you rack up, the harsher the San Fernando District Attorney’s Office will be on you when it comes to the charges they file and the punishment that they demand with the judge. However, with the passage of Proposition 47 the prosecutors have… Continure reading