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Theft Crimes Lawyer in Salinas

​Representing Clients Facing Misdemeanor & Felony Theft Charges 

California defines theft as the intentional and unlawful taking of property. This is a broad idea that covers everything from robbery to employer embezzlement. If you have been charged with a theft crime, you need an attorney with the right experience. At the Law Office of John Klopfenstein, our Salinas theft crimes attorney has focused on criminal defense for more than 30 years.

Learn how we can help fight for your rights in a consultation. Call (831) 751-3947​ or contact us online to arrange an appointment.

Theft Charges in California

In order to be charged with theft, the alleged offender must have unlawfully taken another’s property and intend to permanently deprive the owner of the property. Theft is an umbrella term for a wide variety of unlawful activities. If you are charged with theft, you need an experienced theft crimes lawyer in Salinas to protect your rights and prepare a strong defense for your case.

Under California law, several offenses are classified as theft, such as: 

  • Forgery
  • Shoplifting
  • Embezzlement
  • Larceny
  • Identity theft
  • Credit card fraud
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Robbery
  • Armed robbery

Theft crimes can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor depending on the value of the property stolen and past criminal history for theft and certain other offenses. It is possible to get misdemeanors thrown out with an experienced attorney. However, it is important to seek legal advice before you accidentally say something wrong.

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​California considers the value of the property stolen when classifying theft crimes as petty theft, shoplifting, or grand theft. In addition to the criminal penalties, you could be liable for damages to the store owner and the retail value of any merchandise that is not in sellable condition.

Theft crimes in California include: 

  • Petty theft – This charge is for theft of property that is worth $950 or less with no prior record and is a misdemeanor. The penalty is up to six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
  • Shoplifting – Stealing property from a store when it is open can lead to a shoplifting charge, which is a misdemeanor for items that are worth less than $950.
  • Grand theft – Property that is valued at more than $950 can result in a felony charge, which has more severe consequences. You could be sentenced to up to 3 years in state prison and a fine.

There are a number of possible defense strategies for theft charges. Our theft crimes attorney in Salinas will investigate your situation and the evidence against you to create the most effective strategy for your defense.

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Why Choose Law Office of John Klopfenstein?

  • Over 200 Jury Trials to Verdict
    We are dedicated to achieving justice for our clients through our extensive trial experience, ensuring they receive the strongest possible defense in the courtroom.
  • 10,000+ Clients Successfully Helped
    Our commitment to justice is reflected in our track record of successfully assisting over 10,000 clients.
  • Over 30 Years of Legal Experience
    With over 30 years of legal experience, we provide unwavering support and advocacy for our clients, ensuring their rights are protected at every turn.
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    Get started on your defense with a confidential consultation with a member of our legal team.

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