Taking the property of another individual without their consent can result in theft charges. Regardless of the monetary value of the item, a theft conviction can result in fines and/or potential jail time, as well as a mark on your criminal record
Occasionally, theft accusations can arise from misunderstandings or miscommunications between two parties. If you require legal assistance in defending yourself against a theft charge, contact the lawyers at Hurwitz Law Group, Inc. Our team will help you present your case in a court of law and work to help you have your charges reduced or dismissed
Theft of property valued at under $1000 will typically result in a petty theft charge. This can include cases where fraud or embezzlement are involved. Although petty theft is often treated as a misdemeanor, it is possible that the charge can be reduced to an infraction or aggravated to a felony based on the circumstances. Given that petty theft is often not a serious crime and minimal harm is caused as a result of it, your criminal defense attorney may be able to argue for a lesser conviction or a more lenient punishment.
Petty theft is usually punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and/or potential jail time of up to 12 months in a Los Angeles county jail. Convicted individuals may also need to pay restitution to the victim(s) of the crime. If the charge is aggravated to a felony, the individual may be facing up to $10,000 in fines as well as up to 3 years in a California state prison. The consequences for petty theft can be severe relative to the value of the stolen property, causing undue hardships for convicted individuals. Our lawyers fight to make sure that our clients’ lives are not upended by a petty theft conviction.
Not all cases of petty theft involve an intention to steal or deprive another individual of their property. In some cases, defendants mistakenly believed that they had permission to take the property due to a miscommunication. Charges may also result from misidentifications, malicious false accusations, or misunderstandings. There are a number of ways we may be able to help get your petty theft charges reduced or dismissed altogether. Speak with our criminal defense attorneys for further legal advice.
Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys
At Hurwitz Law Group, Inc, we provide our clients with legal representation to ensure that their best interests are protected. Our experienced lawyers have a thorough understanding of California’s criminal law. They are able to defend clients against a wide range of misdemeanor or felony charges, including petty theft, driving under the influence (DUI), and domestic violence. It is your right to argue in your own defense and dispute any charges brought against you. We are here to help you present your side of the story and make sure that your trial is a fair one. With our criminal defence attorneys in your corner, your case will have the best chance at an optimal outcome.