California Theft Crime Charges: The Basics

Protect Yourself by Knowing Your Rights

One of the best ways to protect yourself and defend your rights is to know the laws when it comes to being arrested for suspected theft. California law defines theft as the intentional and unlawful taking of property wherein the perpetrator intends to permanently deprive the owner of the property.

There are multiple crimes that fall under the umbrella charge of theft, including:

  • Forgery
  • Embezzlement
  • Identity theft
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Robbery

In addition, California law names other specific offenses that are related to theft, which include the following:

  • Failing to return leased or rented property
  • Failing to return library materials
  • Fraudulently obtaining credit
  • Unlawfully transferring a debit or credit card
  • Falsifying information to sell an item to a pawn shop

If you are accused of a theft crime, it is important to know your rights. It is in your best interest to speak with a qualified Fresno criminal defense attorney from our team at The Law Office of Brian C. Andritch to begin building your defense. Let us handle the legal proceedings so that you have the best changes at retaining your rights.

The Basics to Theft Laws

Petty Theft: Petty theft is a misdemeanor, punishable up to 3 years of probation with a maximum sentence of up to 6 months in jail, and typically, a fine up to $1,000. Petty theft charges are applicable when the property that is stolen is valued at less than $400.

Grand Theft: Grand theft applies to stolen property valued over $400. If the value is over $400 but not exponentially larger in total value, it may be considered a misdemeanor and carry the same punishment as petty theft. If the value is high, then it is considered a felony. Felony grand theft is punishable by 16 months to 3 years in state prison.

The prosecution will have to prove that the property owner did not consent to the suspect taking the property and that the suspect intended to keep the property indefinitely. Your defense team will build a case based on one or more terms, proving that you: possibly did not intend to keep the property, you had a right of possession, you had consent, or they were false allegations. We take the job of building your defense seriously and are dedicated to reaching a favorable outcome, so you can rest assured that your case is in good hands.

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If you are facing charges involving theft, it pays to have the Fresno defense attorney from The Law Office of Brian C. Andritch on your side. Our team understands that everyone makes mistakes and that you deserve a fair chance during your trial. Don’t navigate the criminal justice system alone, let us stand by your side and protect your rights.

Contact our team of Fresno criminal defense attorneys at (559) 484-2112.

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