Visalia Theft Crime Attorney
What You Should Know About Theft Offenses
Theft, or also referred to as larceny, is a common criminal charge against property in California. In order to prove this type of crime, the prosecutor must demonstrate the defendant's desire and intent to take the property without the owner’s consent. In simpler terms, this means that a prosecutor must prove that the item was stolen by the defendant. Whether you are dealing with personal property, money or real property, theft has two classifications: petty theft or grand theft. The difference between the two kinds of theft usually depends on the value of the property. If you or a loved one is dealing with theft, turn your case over to a Visalia criminal defense attorney who is experienced in theft cases to get you the best results for your case.
Carlos Navarrete Law Firm is available to assist with the following types of theft crimes:
- Grand theft
- Petty theft/ shoplifting
Consequences for Petty Theft & Grand Theft
For convictions of petty theft that involves property valued under $50, a prosecutor can charge the crime as a misdemeanor or infraction. This will reduce the fines to under $250. Petty theft crimes can lead to up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 or both.
Typically, grand theft charges exist where the property value exceeds $950. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. If the property in question is a firearm, you can be faced with grand theft charges regardless of the value. This can lead to up to one year in jail or a felony sentence. A felony sentence can last anywhere between six months to three years. Your length of time will be determined by your criminal conviction record and the severity of the case.
Theft Crime Defense Attorney in Hanford
You need to have a defense strategy if you are charged with a theft crime. A good Visalia theft crime defense lawyer will listen to your case, thoroughly discuss your options, and help you make informed decisions. Experience all these and more with Carlos Navarrete Law Firm. As a former prosecutor, Attorney Carlos understands both sides of the law and can advocate your rights and best interests. He is prepared to explore every possible legal avenue available to help you obtain the most favorable results possible for your case.
Defenses to theft allegations can include:
- Proof that you are the rightful owner of the item in possession
- Mistake of fact or law
- Consent of the Owner
Attorney Navarrete can make sure you understand the penalties and sentencing, understand your rights, and create the best plan for you.
Contact Visalia Criminal Defense Attorney Carlos Navarrete at (559) 530-8109 to learn more about your options for your theft case.