Petty Theft Charges Attorney in Los Angeles
Have you been arrested for petty theft? Protect your rights by retaining the experienced criminal defense lawyers at Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman. Located in Los Angeles, California, we have defended hundreds of clients in criminal cases ranging from traffic crimes to murder charges. We have helped many clients who are charged with petty theft offenses. Call 213-514-8324 or contact us by e-mail.
In California, a person charged with theft may be charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense. Petty theft involves the theft of property valued up to $950. Grand theft involves the theft of property worth more than $950. Petty theft is a misdemeanor, but you may be charged with a felony if you have three prior petty theft convictions and you are charged with another petty theft offense. Grand theft may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony.
If you have been charged with petty theft and you have one or more prior convictions for petty theft, it is urgent that you speak with one of our experienced petty theft attorneys to minimize your risk for jail time and huge fines. Additionally, we have helped people facing a second conviction for petty theft avoid a conviction at all. A theft crime is considered a crime of moral turpitude and having one or more on your record can hurt your future employment opportunities and can have grave immigration consequences.
Defense Against Shoplifting Charges in Los Angeles
There are many defenses to a petty theft charge. You must have intended to take property without paying for the property. If you were forgetful or took property by mistake, you are not guilty of a criminal offense. Even if you did take property intentionally without making payment, do not plead guilty to a petty theft charge without speaking to an attorney. We may still be able to help you avoid a criminal conviction depending on the facts of your case.
Prosecutors in some courts are willing to offer plea agreements that allow defendants to avoid a criminal conviction, especially if the defendant has no prior convictions and the offense was minor in nature. Prosecutors are less likely to offer such a plea agreement if you have been alleged to have taken an amount over $150, but even then there are ways that we can help you minimize the negative impact of your charges.
To schedule a free consultation with one of our Los Angeles petty theft lawyers, call 213-514-8324 or contact us by e-mail.