Have you or a loved one been arrested for or charged with a theft crime? Is there some misunderstanding or explanation? Whether it’s petty theft, shoplifting, burglary, or robbery, being accused of a theft crime can bring serious consequences. It is important to seek the guidance of an attorney with the knowledge and experience you need.
Attorney Amy Schroder understands that each case is as unique as the people involved. She will work closely with you to defend your rights and protect your freedom.
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While the difference between petty theft and grand theft is slight, the consequences for each are not. Petty theft occurs when a person illegally takes property worth up to $950 from another person or entity. Whereas grand theft occurs when a person takes property that is worth at least $950 from another person or entity.
The penalties for theft are as follows:
- Petty Theft: This type of crime is considered a misdemeanor in the eyes of the California court system. If you are convicted, you could face up to 6 months in jail, a fine not exceeding $1,000, or both.
- Grand Theft: This type of crime is considered a felony in the eyes of the California court system. If you are convicted of this crime you could face between 6 months and 3 years in prison. The amount of time spent in prison is determined by the severity of the crime.
Common Defenses Against California Theft Crimes
Just because you are accused of theft, does not mean you will automatically be convicted of the crime. With the help of a San Luis Obispo theft crime attorney, you can rest easier knowing your rights and best interests are being protected.
Common defense strategies include:
- You are the rightful owner of the possession you took.
- There is an error of fact or law pertaining to your situation.
- You had the owner’s consent before you took the item.
- You are the victim of entrapment.
- You were under the influence of a substance when you took the item and did not actually intend to keep it.
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Count on the Law Office of Amy Shroder to help you effectively handle your theft crime case. Our firm has the experience and knowledge to formulate a defense strategy and litigate your position in and out of the courtroom.
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