If you have been charged with a theft crime, call Los Angeles theft crimes lawyer Ambrosio Rodriguez today to discuss your best legal strategy. As a former prosecutor for over 13 years, Mr. Rodriguez has the proven track record you deserve in your criminal lawyer. Contact The Rodriguez Law Group today for a free consultation.
Hire an Experienced Theft Crimes Lawyer
There are many different types of theft crimes. Theft crimes can be misdemeanors or felonies depending on the amount you are accused of taking. Some crimes are “wobblers”, crimes that can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the facts and your criminal history.
A misdemeanor conviction could lead to heavy fines and/or jail time, while felony convictions carry state prison sentencing of more than one year in addition to heavy fines and penalties. If you or a loved one is charged with a theft crime, you will need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to review your case and file a motion to reduce your charge from a felony to a misdemeanor pursuant to Penal Code 17(b).
Both types of convictions carry short and long term consequences affecting your freedom, employment, personal relationships, and reputation. The Federal government classifies theft as a crime of moral turpitude, so if you are not a citizen of the United States, a conviction will carry severe immigration consequences.
The Rodriguez Law Group is highly experienced in dealing with all theft crimes allegations. Call our office today to discuss your best legal options.
Common theft crimes include:
- Shoplifting or petty theft – Penal Code Section 484
- Grand theft – Penal Code Section 487(a)
- Embezzlement – Penal Code Section 503
Petty Theft and Grand Theft
Petty theft crimes are crimes involving the taking of money or property of less than $950. Grand theft crimes are crimes involving the taking of money or property of more than $950.
To find you guilty of either petty or grand theft, sometimes referred to as larceny, the prosecution must prove you intended, or what was in your mind at that moment, to take possession of someone else’s money or property in order to permanently keep it from them. And at this point the prosecution still does not have a machine to read your mind and thoughts, so the prosecution has its work cut out for them. The prosecution must also prove that you moved the property, even a small distance, and kept it for any period of time, however brief.
Shoplifting is a theft crime where you are accused of taking property from a store without paying for it. Shoplifting accusations sometimes comes from an overzealous security guard and/or loss prevention officer abusing their power or misinterpreting your otherwise innocent actions and unfairly targets and accuses you of shoplifting.
Embezzlement is another theft crime involving the taking or misuse of funds, which have been entrusted to you by another person, or belonging to your employer. Many times people accused of embezzlement are targeted by an unscrupulous or mistaken employer placing blame on an employee for lost funds, or the loss is the product of a simple accounting mistake.
An experienced attorney can defend you against a theft crime by gathering the necessary evidence, witness statements, and surveillance videos, and demonstrate to the court and prosecution why you should not be convicted.
Speak With A Theft Crimes Lawyer Today
Criminal attorney Ambrosio E. Rodriguez is a former prosecutor that understands that every client’s case is unique. Mr. Rodriguez will negotiate with the prosecution, file motions, and determine how to effectively argue your case to convince the prosecutor or the judge that the case is weak and the charges should be dismissed.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a theft crime, you need a qualified Los Angeles theft crimes attorney to protect your rights and give you the peace of mind of knowing that your attorney has the experience to aggressively defend you. Choosing a qualified criminal lawyer is an important and difficult decision. Contact the The Rodriguez Law Group today for a free consultation (213) 995-6767.