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Theft Crimes

Theft crimes can be a serious criminal offense. In California, it is prosecuted aggressively, either as a felony or misdemeanor offense, depending on the circumstances of the crime. A Los Angeles theft arrest and conviction can have serious consequences for the individual, including fines, jail time, and a mark on their permanent record.

What is theft? California law defines theft as taking something that is not yours. It is a criminal act of intentionally taking or using another person’s property without their permission. This could range from a person’s identity to a purse or an automobile. Some potential theft charges include grand theft, petty theft, identity theft, auto theft, carjacking, fraud, larceny, shoplifting, receiving stolen property, or burglary.

The consequences for a theft conviction vary depending on the offense and depend on the amount of property stolen (petty theft covers amounts under $400, while grand theft covers amounts exceeding $400) and the circumstances surrounding the theft, such as attempted evasion of the police, theft with use of a firearm, or someone is unfortunately injured as a result of a theft-related offense. Some theft convictions carry mandatory sentencing requirements; others merely impose a fine on the convicted person.

Since a theft conviction could affect your entire future, endanger your reputation and your chances of getting a job or a loan, it is vital that you seek out an experienced California theft crimes attorney as soon as you are being investigated or charged with a theft-related offense. The right Los Angeles theft crimes defense lawyer can assess your case, make smart legal strategies, and defend you in court, increasing your likelihood of staying out of jail and protecting your finances and your future. Regardless of whether you are innocent or guilty, you deserve aggressive, experienced legal representation in a court of law.

Given the complexity of criminal defense in general and theft-related cases in particular, it is vital that you choose a criminal defense attorney who combines experience with a good track record, a thorough understanding and familiarity with the law and the local courts, and a commitment to each and every client. If you have been accused of a theft-related offense, your time to get the right experienced California theft crimes defense attorney is limited. The Law Offices of Jonathan I. Kelman has successfully represented numerous clients charged with theft-related offenses throughout Los Angeles and the State of California. The Law Offices of Jonathan I. Kelman prides itself on aggressive representation with a personal touch. Armed with the knowledge and experience to build a winning defense, Jonathan I. Kelman is accustomed to taking on the criminal justice system and achieving the best results for his clients.

When your future is on the lineā€¦ Call the Law Offices of Jonathan I. Kelman immediately. Your phone consultation is free and completely confidential.

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