San Diego Theft Crime Lawyer
Work with a Board Certified Criminal Defense Specialist
Most people charged with a theft crime are good people who simply made a mistake, or who are innocent altogether. At JD Law, we have the experience to defend those facing misdemeanor or felony theft charges. Attorney James N. Dicks, a former police officer and narcotics investigator, heads up our criminal defense team.
Attorney Dicks is a board-certified criminal law specialist, a distinction earned by those who have undertaken additional training to enhance their skills. We employ those abilities to seek out the best strategy for your defense and we are dedicated to zealously protecting your rights.
Call (760) 630-2000 now if you have been arrested for a theft crime and need the best defense possible.
Common Theft Crimes in California
There are many different theft charges a person may face after being arrested for theft. The most common in California are:
- Petty theft
- Grand theft
- Grand theft of a firearm
- Grand theft auto
- Auto burglary
- Receiving stolen property
- Mail theft
In November 2014, California voters passed Proposition 47, which turned many felony crimes into misdemeanors under California law. Those who have been charged with theft crimes such as felony burglary, receiving stolen property, check fraud, forgery, grand theft of a firearm, or grand theft auto should speak to a criminal defense attorney right away. Having a felony sentence reduced to a misdemeanor can greatly reduce time spent in jail and may negate other consequences, such as being a registered felon in the state of California.
Penalties for Misdemeanor & Felony Theft Crimes
In addition to those listed above, theft crimes encompass white collar crimes such as accounting fraud, bank fraud, embezzlement, extortion, government fraud, and others. The penalties you could face for theft depend largely upon the type of theft described in your charge and the value of the goods or assets acquired through the crime. At the very least, conviction is likely to result in a fine.
Typical consequences for theft crimes are as follows:
- Less Than $50 of Goods - A fine is often the only punishment for a first-time offense.
- $950 or More of Goods - A fine, jail sentencing for 16 months to 2 years, and more extensive penalties are generally reserved for large-scale operations and grand theft of items.
Skilled Defense for Misdemeanor & Felony Theft Crimes
An experienced attorney may be able to help you beat the charges and resume life without a criminal record following you around.
At JD Law, our theft crime attorneys will examine the facts of your case. If they find that the prosecutor does not have the evidence needed to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, they will challenge that evidence in court. This can result in the case being dropped, or you winning a successful "not guilty" plea at trial.
There are some cases where the evidence presented by the prosecution may be damaging to you. Even in these instances, our defense attorneys will work to negotiate an agreement so the charges can be dismissed or reduced.
For instance, if you are charged with a theft crime but it is your first criminal offense, we can argue that you simply made a mistake and that you are remorseful for that mistake. You can agree to pay retribution to the person wronged, agree to do community service, or attend theft counseling. This is often enough to have the charges dropped, so you do not have to have a criminal record.
Contact Us Today for Your Free Case Evaluation
When you work with JD Law, we take a stand against your charges. If you are a first-time offender charged with misdemeanor theft, you may qualify for a diversion program instead of jail. Even if you are battling a felony charge or face the possibility of a consecutive conviction, one of our primary concerns is protecting your rights. No matter the circumstances surrounding your arrest for theft, our San Diego criminal defense lawyer is prepared to help you.
To discuss your legal options and your next step, contact our firm for a free consult.