Theft Crime Attorney in Placer County
Protecting Those Accused of Theft Crimes in California
Have you or a loved one been charged with a theft crime in Placer County? If so, it is imperative that you take the time to contact our experienced, trusted firm. Theft crimes can carry misdemeanor or felony sentences that can hurt your reputation and future. These charges can carry severe penalties for both misdemeanors and felony charges. It is important you seek aggressive theft defense representation to protect you future.
When you choose to work with our office, we will take the time to investigate all aspects of your case, gather evidence, cross-examine witnesses, and determine if your rights have been violated in any manner. We are respected criminal defense lawyers that are not afraid to take on prosecutors at both federal and state levels, inside and outside of court. We address your top concerns while providing the fierce representation need to secure a favorable case result.
If you have been charged with a theft crime, call Jacob Law Firm at (916) 295-6993 to schedule a consultation with our team of Placer County theft crime lawyers today!
Types of Theft Crimes in California
Theft crimes in California can result in either a misdemeanor or felony charge. The difference can be caused by the value of the stolen property, if damage to personal property occurred or if there was a weapon present during the theft. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony charge, our Placer County theft crimes lawyers can assist you. These penalties carry long-term consequences that will have damaging effects on your future for years to come. Choosing a defense team that can help provide you with a brighter future.
Jacob Law Firm stands ready to defend our clients against a multitude of accusations, including:
- Grand theft
- Petty theft
Additionally, our firm can help defend you against charges stemming from receiving stolen property, along with any federal crimes that may extend from theft charges. Our office can work with you to determine the most effective course of action to take, helping you establish an effective, aggressive defense.
Petty Theft vs Grand Theft: What's the Difference?
In California, there are two main types of theft: petty theft and grand theft. Each theft offense carries different penalties.
Petty theft, also known as petty larceny, is the theft of property or money that is valued at $950 or less. It is a misdemeanor offense, and the penalties can include up to 6 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. However, if the offender has prior convictions for theft-related offenses, the penalties may be more severe or even face felony charges.
Grand theft, on the other hand, is the theft of property or money that is valued at more than $950. It can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony offense, depending on the circumstances. If the property stolen is a firearm, a motor vehicle, or certain types of agricultural products, the offense will be charged as a felony, regardless of the value of the property. The penalties for grand theft can include up to 3 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $10,000. Again, prior convictions for theft-related offenses can increase the penalties.
It's important to note that these are the basic penalties for petty theft and grand theft in California, but the specific penalties may vary depending on the circumstances of the case and the discretion of the judge. Additionally, there may be other consequences, such as probation, community service, restitution, and a criminal record, that can impact an offender's life even after they have completed their sentence.
What is Embezzlement?
Embezzlement is a type of theft crime, more specifically, any fraudulent appropriation of money or property that was entrusted to the defendant, most usually money or property that belonged to an employer. Additionally, a defendant can be charged with embezzlement regardless of whether or not the defendant kept the money or property for personal gain, transferred it to another party, or otherwise. Examples of embezzlement include:
- Intentionally overcharging a customer and pocketing the difference
- Taking money directly from an employer
- Depositing vendor checks into a personal bank account
- Taking bribes
- Ponzi schemes
- And more
It’s important to note that those facing embezzlement criminal charges can also be charged in a civil court of law if the plaintiff wishes to bring civil charges. It is crucial to contact an experienced attorney from our firm as soon as possible if you are facing charges to begin working on your case.