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A conviction for a theft crime results in harsh penalties. Not only are you subject to a lengthy jail or prison sentence and costly fines, but a permanent criminal record that can negatively affect your chances of obtaining employment, finding a place to live, and getting accepted into a university. It is imperative to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you avoid serious criminal consequences.
If you have been charged with a theft crime in Bakersfield, Brehmer Law Corporation can either significantly reduce the charges you face or get your entire case dismissed. With decades of combined legal experience, our Bakersfield theft crime defense lawyers can help you navigate the complex criminal justice system while protecting your rights, reputation, and future.
California Theft Crime Laws & Penalties
According to state law, theft is defined as intentionally and unlawfully taking another party’s property. Theft crimes are classified based on the value of the stolen item.
If the stolen property is worth $950 or less, it is considered petty theft, which is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum six-month county jail sentence and a fine not exceeding $1,000. However, if the stolen property is worth $50 or less, the offense is an infraction, punishable by a maximum $250 fine.
If the stolen property is worth more than $950, it is grand theft, which is a felony offense that carries a maximum three-year state prison term and a fine of up to $10,000.
Additionally, defendants can be subject to a civil lawsuit.
Common types of theft crimes our firm handles include:
- Larceny - the stealing of another's personal property
- Shoplifting - the stealing of goods from a store
- Fraud - the criminal act in which a person lies for the purpose of gain, usually financially
- Identity theft - the stealing of another's identity for the purpose of gain, usually financially
- Grand theft auto - the stealing of another's vehicle
- Robbery - the act of stealing from others by way of forcing threats in order to make them comply with your plan
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Due to the severity of the penalties, having our Bakersfield theft crime attorney on your side can make a positive difference. Do not hesitate to have our firm get your life back on the right track.
For more information about theft crimes, contact us today and schedule a free consultation.