Defending yourself against theft accusations is a near-impossible burden. The Riverside theft lawyers at Wallin & Klarich understand what you are going through. You can make it through this; you just need a little help. Below we go through just a few of the defense strategies that we have employed and have allowed many of our clients to win their cases. Clients just like you, who let us help them through their charges.
An experienced Theft Defense Attorney can do a great deal for you in the stages before a trial. The reason is the penalties you face for theft charges depend a lot on the prosecutor. A Theft Defense Attorney from Wallin & Klarich can attempt to have the prosecutor dismiss or reduce the charges.
For instance, if you face accusations of “grand theft” under Penal Code section 487, you are accused of stealing items worth more than $950. Grand theft is a “wobbler” offense, meaning the prosecutor can charge it as a misdemeanor or a felony. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor, you face up to a year in county jail and a $1000 fine. A felony conviction can mean a sentence between 16 months and three years in jail and a $10,000 fine. In many cases we have been able to have our clients’ felony grand theft matters either dismissed or reduced to a misdemeanor with no jail time having to be served.
How is theft prosecuted in California?
If your case goes to trial, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the crime. To do this, they have to prove all “elements” of the crime. If they cannot meet this burden of proof then the charges against you must be dismissed
For the most common theft offense (stealing a piece of personal property from another person) the prosecution must prove three elements to convict you:
1) You intended to permanently deprive someone of their property;
2) You “asported” the property (asported is law-talk for “moved the thing”); and
3) You did not have a right to the property. The circumstances and the relationship between the people can affect these elements.
We can show that you did not have the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property. In some cases we can show that you did not have the “specific intent” to steal the item. In other cases we can raise the defense that you had a good faith belief that the property belonged to you.
California Theft Defense Lawyer
The bottom line is that when you have an experienced criminal defense law firm fighting for your freedom you can relax.
With over 30 years of experience in theft-related offenses, the Theft Defense Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich will review your case and take the steps necessary to get the charges reduced or, ideally, dismissed altogether. The right Los Angeles theft attorney can make all the difference; it can mean your freedom. We have offices in San Bernardino, Ventura, Riverside, San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange County. Call us today at 888-280-6839. We will get through this together.