A theft charge can immediately put your rights and freedom in jeopardy. If you have been charged with stealing another person’s property, it is essential to speak immediately with a Moreno Valley theft lawyer. Our seasoned defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott D. Henry understand the far-reaching impact a conviction can have on your life. That is why we are committed to mitigating the consequences by working to have your charges dismissed or secure a case dismissal. Our skilled legal team could advocate aggressively on your behalf by using our excellent negotiating skills and thorough command of state and federal law.

Types of Theft Crimes

Theft covers a wide range of crimes. They can include misdemeanor petty theft offenses to serious felony armed robbery offenses. Some common theft offenses include:

  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Identity theft
  • Petty theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Grand theft
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion

One of our skilled attorneys in Moreno Valley could help prepare a defense of any of these theft crimes.

What is Shoplifting?

Shoplifting is one of the most common theft crimes in this area, so law enforcement pursues these offenses diligently. California Penal Code 459.5 PC defines shoplifting as entering a commercial establishment (typically a retail store) during normal business hours with the intent to steal merchandise or other property valued under $950. Shoplifting is charged as a misdemeanor unless you have past theft convictions or serious felony convictions. Convictions carry penalties that include up to six months in jail, up to $1,000 in fines, community service, victim restitution, theft counseling, and probation.

Misdemeanor vs. Felony Theft Crimes

State law classifies theft crimes by the value of the property in question. This amount is based on the assessed fair market value of the goods. If services were stolen, the value is based on the average price for the service or the average hourly wage for an employee performing that service. If the determined value is at or under $950, it is charged as a misdemeanor. For property or services valued over $950, it is charged as a serious felony offense known as “grand theft.” A lawyer in Moreno Valley could represent an individual who is facing either a misdemeanor or felony theft crime.

Legal Defenses for Stealing Charges

Our experienced Moreno Valley attorneys create solid, persuasive theft defense strategies that can result in dropped or reduced charges. Our legal team could evaluate the details of your case to create an effective game plan. Some appropriate arguments include:

  • Lack of intent
  • Insufficient evidence
  • False accusation
  • Mistaken Identity
  • Permission from the owner
  • A genuine belief you had a right to the property

Speak with a Moreno Valley Theft Attorney

A serious criminal charge can turn your entire life upside down. Everything depends on the outcome of your case, including your reputation, freedom, and future. If you have been accused of or charged with a theft crime, you must act quickly. Every moment counts in a criminal case, so it is essential to speak with an experienced Moreno Valley theft lawyer immediately.

At the Law Offices of Scott D. Henry, you can be sure you are in good hands. Our seasoned criminal defense attorneys have over four decades of experience defending these cases. We are completely committed to providing you with a strong, aggressive defense strategy to minimize any penalties and get you a positive outcome.

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