A theft crime is the act of taking another person’s property without the owner’s permission. A theft offense could be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony, based on the circumstances, and the value of the item alleged to have been stolen.
Misdemeanor Theft Crimes – Petty Theft
Petty theft is the charge filed for the theft of property or money valued at $400 or less. This is a misdemeanor crime, punishable with a sentence of up to six months in jail, fines, and restitution to the victim and to law enforcement for the cost of investigating the case, along with community service, counseling, and probation.
Prior Convictions and Felony Theft Crime Charges
Defending against a charge of petty theft is important. A conviction for this offense can lead to an enhanced sentence if you are accused of another theft crime later, with petty theft filed as a felony under Penal Code Section 666.
The penalty for a petty theft with a prior is up to three years in prison, court-mandated counseling, probation or parole, fines, community service, and restitution paid to both the victim and law enforcement. If you are arrested for petty theft, you need the support of a Sacramento theft crime attorney immediately. Criminal defense lawyer Benjamin Scarfe is an experienced defender who can take actions to pursue a better outcome, whether a reduced charge, dismissed charge, or an acquittal in court.
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- Shoplifting or petty theft – Penal Code Section 484
- Petty Theft with a Prior – Penal Code Section 666
- Grand Theft – Penal Code Section 487(a)
- Carjacking – Penal Code Section 215
- Burglary – Penal Code Section 459
- Robbery – Penal Code Section 211
- Armed Robbery – Penal Code Section 211 with weapon enhancement pursuant to Penal Code 12022
- Vehicular Theft – Penal Code Section 10851
- Embezzlement – Penal Code Section 503
- Money Laundering
- Credit Card Fraud – Penal Code 484 (e)
- Identity Theft
The penalties imposed in a conviction will reflect the value of the items alleged to have been stolen and your prior criminal record. If you are considered to be a “repeat offender,” the court may impose a penalty of several years in state prison. The consequences of a conviction are life changing. You must ensure your rights are protected by a talented criminal attorney if you are facing charges of theft.
What Are Felony Theft Charges?
Grand theft is the charge if you are accused of stealing money or items valued at over $400. All felony theft crimes could be punished by prison, court fines, restitution to both the victim and law enforcement, probation or parole, reimbursement for the cost of supervision, and counseling. All theft cases will be used to increase future punishment for a conviction of a crime in the future.
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