If you have recently been charged with stealing, you should seek skilled legal representation from a knowledgeable Los Angeles theft lawyer. Theft offenses can carry harsh penalties, including significant jail sentences and steep fines. That is why you need an aggressive and qualified criminal defense attorney on your side.

Our experienced defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott Henry have the knowledge and skills necessary to properly defend you against these charges. We understand the inner workings of the criminal justice system and know what to expect from the prosecution. Our ability to create strong, case-specific defense strategies has given us the reputation for winning cases deemed “unwinnable.” We could do everything within our power to protect your rights and freedoms and get you back on the path to a bright future.

Types of Theft Offenses

Theft crimes refer to unlawful activity in which a person takes, steals, or uses another person’s money or property without permission. Several crimes fit this description, such as:

  • Identity theft
  • Petty theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Grand theft
  • Grand theft auto
  • Carjacking
  • Auto burglary

California classifies theft offenses by the value of the stolen property or services. It is measured by determining the fair market value of the item(s) or average hourly rate of the service(s). If the total value is $950 or less, the offense is charged as a misdemeanor. For property or services valued over $950, this offense is considered grand theft and charged as a felony. Our lawyers in Los Angeles could help someone avoid or minimize the penalties after being charged with theft.

Auto Burglary

Auto burglary is defined under California Penal Code 459 PC as entering any vehicle by using force with the specific intent to steal the car, steal property contained in the vehicle, or commit any other felony while inside the car. Depending on the circumstances, auto burglary can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony. If convicted of misdemeanor auto burglary, the penalties may include up to one year in jail and substantial fines. A more serious felony auto burglary conviction carries a sentence of 16 months, two years, or three years in jail. Legal defenses to auto burglary include:

  • The vehicle was unlocked.
  • There is insufficient evidence to support a conviction.
  • Being mistakenly identified as the perpetrator.
  • Lack of intent to commit a theft or felony inside the vehicle.

Legal Defenses to California Theft Charges

Our Los Angeles attorneys have used several solid strategies to successfully defend our clients against theft charges. Our legal team could thoroughly investigate the alleged incident and carefully review the evidence to determine the most effective strategy in your case. Some potential defense arguments include:

  • Lack of intent
  • Insufficient evidence
  • False accusation
  • Mistaken identity
  • Accidentally taking the property
  • Arguing that the defendant had permission from the owner to take the property
  • Arguing that the defendant believed that they had the right to take the property

Speak with our Qualified Los Angeles Theft Attorneys

At the Law Offices of Scott Henry, our Los Angeles theft lawyers provide tough, uncompromising strategies to protect your rights. We have an in-depth understanding of the tactics used by prosecutors and law enforcement in theft-related cases. Our team know what legal avenues to pursue to get you the best possible outcome. Call our offices today for a free consultation. Our attorneys have helped thousands of clients avoid criminal convictions. We are available to provide you with guidance throughout the entire process while fighting for your best interests.

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