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Legal Defense For Theft Crimes

In California, theft is divided into several categories with the following definitions:

  • Petty theft: The theft of property with a value of $950 or less.
  • Petty theft with a prior conviction: In most cases a second act of petty theft is still considered a misdemeanor, but it can be elevated to a felony if the person has previously been convicted of a serious or violent offense, any sex offense or embezzlement of an elderly person.
  • Shoplifting: Previously considered a form of petty theft under California law, shoplifting was given its own legal category in 2014. Those convicted of shoplifting face up to one year in county jail.
  • Grand theft: This is the theft of property worth more than $950, and it's considered a felony.

We Will Build Your Case With Thorough Research

At the Law Office of Matthew Hicks, not only do we stand up for your rights before prosecutors in court and in out-of-court negotiations, but we go into hearings and negotiations thoroughly prepared because we have comprehensivelyfingerprint researched the details of your case. Sometimes that means sifting through paper and digital records, and sometimes it means sending our staff out into the field to obtain, for example, security camera footage from the store where you've been accused of committing a theft.

With this information, we will craft a defense appropriate to your case. For instance, one common defense is to demonstrate to the court that you had a good-faith belief that you were legally entitled to possess the allegedly stolen item at the time that it came into your possession.

Get Aggressive Defense From An Experienced Lawyer

The attorneys at the Law Office of Matthew Hicks have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the legal system and help you make informed decisions as your case advances. We will stand up for your rights and work to minimize the disruption that criminal charges cause in your life.

To see how we can help in your criminal defense case, contact us online or call us at 714-598-3624 to schedule a free initial consultation in our Santa Ana, California, office.

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