Have you been arrested for shoplifting or another theft offense? 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 theft offenses, including shoplifting. Call 213-514-8324 or contact us by e-mail.
Theft Charges in Los Angeles
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 a prior petty theft conviction and you are charged with another petty theft offense. Grand theft may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. We defend clients against all theft charges, including:
- Petty theft
- Grand theft
- Receiving stolen property
- Check forgery or writing bad checks
- Grand theft auto (any theft of a vehicle is a grand theft regardless of its value)
Shoplifting Charges in Los Angeles
One of the most common theft offenses is shoplifting. If you have been charged with shoplifting, we encourage you to contact our office to learn more about how we can help. Depending on the facts of your case, we may be able to help you avoid a criminal conviction.
Defense Against Shoplifting Charges in Los Angeles
There are many defenses to a shoplifting 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 shoplifting 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 counties 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 charged with a felony level theft offense, 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 theft lawyers, call 213-514-8324 or contact us by e-mail.