Charged with a Theft Crime?
Many people who are charged with theft crimes made a simple bad life choice. If this describes you, you probably agree with us that you deserve another chance at making it right. Maybe you have been falsely convicted and want the best theft crimes defense lawyer in Chico to defend you? Criminal defense attorneys at Amaya & Associates can help you combat theft charges that have the potential to ruin your life and future standing in your community.
What Are The Types of Theft Crimes?
Many different types of crimes fall under the category of theft. For example, petty theft, grand theft, robbery, burglary, embezzlement and burglary are all classified as theft crimes.
• Petty theft is the unlawful seizure of property that is valued under $950. If you are a first-time offender, it is only classified as a misdemeanor. If you’ve already committed petty theft, a second offense can be classified as a felony.
• Grand theft is the stealing of property that is valued over $950. Depending on the circumstances, it could possibly be categorized as a misdemeanor or a felony.
• Robbery is the use of violence or threats to steal something out of another’s possession.
• Burglary is defined as breaking into a structure with the intent to commit a felony or steal.
How Can You Combat a Theft Charge?
If you are worried about the theft charges that have been filed against you, get peace of mind when you hire one of our expert Criminal Defense Lawyers. Over the years we have successfully defended hundreds of individuals in your similar situation. Maybe the evidence is too strong against you, and you fear a conviction is at hand. Our lawyer are familiar with local courts, district attorneys and probation officers and we are generally able to fight hard for reduced sentencing and alternative programs. Once your theft charges are overturned, dropped or reduced, our attorneys can help you keep them off your record by guiding you through the expungement process.
What Are the Effects of a Theft Crime Conviction?
A theft crime conviction will differ in their penalties based on whether the offense was classified as a felony or a misdemeanor. Stealing a car (or “grand theft auto”) is always classified as a felony no matter what the value of the car was at the time. Felonies are punishable by at least one year in state prison. If the offense was a less serious case, such as shoplifting, the offender can expect to owe damages up to $500 plus the cost of the item. Call of our office today.