Theft crimes should be taken very seriously. Judges, juries and prosecutors especially dislike defendants who commit theft crimes. Theft crimes offenses carry lengthy jail and prison terms. It is very important that you hire a theft crime defense attorney who has experience defending clients who have been in similar situations. At the THE LAW OFFICES OF CASTILLO & ASSOCIATES, our office has been able to keep many clients out of jail, have their sentences reduced, or gotten them alternative sentences.
California Penal Code Section 484 (a) states that: "Every person who shall feloniously steal, take, carry, lead, or drive away the personal property of another, or who shall fraudulently appropriate property which has been entrusted to him or her, or who shall knowingly and designedly, by any false or fraudulent representation or pretense, defraud any other person of money, labor or real or personal property, or who causes or procures others to report falsely of his or her wealth or mercantile character and by thus imposing upon any person, obtains credit and thereby fraudulently gets or obtains possession of money, or property or obtains the labor or service of another, is guilty of theft."
The monetary value of the stolen goods is a determining factor in the charge and penalty a defendant will face. If a person is convicted of a petty theft, in which the stolen items total up to $400, the penalty will most likely be less than that of a person who is convicted of grand theft, where the stolen items amount to $400 or more.
If you have been arrested for, or charged with, any type of theft crime you should contact THE LAW OFFICES OF CASTILLO & ASSOCIATES immediately. We have the legal skills and experience to successfully represent even the most challenging California theft crime cases.