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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 27 years.

Learn how we can help fight for your rights in a free consultation. Call (831) 265-5551 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.

Start Planning Your Defense

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.

Affordable Legal Representation

At the Law Office of John Klopfenstein, we offer extremely knowledgeable and competent, affordable legal representation for theft crimes. We offer payment plans to help make quality legal representation easier to manage. You can pay half of the cost upfront with the balance due 30 days prior to trial.

Our criminal defense attorney offers a free consultation to individuals who have been charged with theft crimes. We can discuss your case and possible defense strategies, answer your questions, and help you know what to expect throughout the legal process. You can count on Attorney John Klopfenstein to protect your rights and build the strongest possible defense for your case.

Please contact our office at (831) 265-5551 to schedule your free consultation with a Salinas theft defense attorney.

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