Long Beach Theft Crime Attorney
Charged with Petty Theft or Grand Theft in Southern California?
A report from the California Legislative Analyst's Office found that
nearly one in three individuals serving time in prisons throughout the
state were convicted of property crimes, which include most crimes of
theft. A lot is at stake for individuals who have been charged with theft—many
of them face:
- Years of imprisonment
- Thousands in fines
- Permanent mark on their criminal record
A theft crime conviction could have devastating consequences for your future.
At the Law Office of Peacock & Le Beau, we help our clients protect
their rights and best interests in theft crime cases and other legal troubles—to date,
we have helped thousands of individuals find success in their cases. Whether you have just been arrested or are preparing to take your case
to trial, contact our firm and discuss your situation with our
criminal defense lawyers in Long Beach.
We fight every fight for our clients. Learn more about theft crimes, what
to expect in a criminal case, and how to take effective legal action.
When you are ready to find a solution, contact our firm at 562-888-9148 or
schedule a free consultation!
Theft and Larceny Laws in California
Theft is also referred to as larceny in some states, but the definitions
generally remain the same. Theft is the act or intent to permanently take/withhold
a possession or right to property from an owner. Depending on the value
of stolen property, theft may be classified as petty theft or grand theft.
Theft crimes include many different types of property, such as:
- Personal property
- Real property
- Valuable labors/services
California Penal Code § 484-502.9 outlines both petty and grand theft.
One of the essential factors in a case is the value of stolen property. If the value of stolen property is below $950, the crime is usually treated
as a misdemeanor. If the value exceeds $950, the theft is usually treated
as a felony.
Learn more about different theft and larceny charges we handle, such as:
Penalties for Petty Theft and Grand Theft
Petty theft results in the following:
- Fines up to $1,000
- Imprisonment up to 6 months
- Probation up to 3 years
Grand theft results in the following:
- Fines above $1,000
- Imprisonment up to 1 year
- Probation up to 3 years
In cases of petty theft or grand theft, the individual may face thousands
of dollars in fines, a length sentence in jail or prison, and years of
informal probation. However, the mark of a criminal conviction on your
permanent record may do the most damage—criminal convictions can prevent individuals from advancing their career
and building strong credit.
Finding Solutions to Your Theft Crime Case
Facing the charges alone could make your situation worse than it has to
be. A skilled theft crime lawyer may not only help you explore all the
legal options available to you, but also protect you from facing a charge
that is unnecessarily severe. Do not suffer a felony conviction when the
charge against you may only constitute a misdemeanor offense!
At the Law Office of Peacock & Le Beau, our criminal defense attorneys
carefully review each of our client's cases to determine an effective
course of legal action. If you have been arrested for a theft crime in
Long Beach, you deserve representation from a legal professional who cares
about your future and fights every fight that may be necessary.
We make clients our priority—give us a call to learn how we can represent you at this time.
We Find Solutions with Alternative Sentences
Many property crimes, including almost all theft crimes, are eligible for
reduced sentencing for misdemeanor charges, and even some felony charges
as well. However, these alternative sentences are not automatically granted—they
may have to be requested, and in some cases, you may have to fight for
your fair resolution in court.
One of our attorneys is a
board-certified criminal law specialist with working knowledge of California law.
We are prepared to help our clients fight to protect their future, whether
that means securing a theft crime case dismissal or an alternative sentence
that minimizes the damage. Our legal team
prepares every case for trial to ensure that we are prepared to help secure the best possible outcome.
Facing charges? Learn more about our defense services during a
free initial consultation!