Theft in California is defined as wrongfully using or obtaining another person’s property with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of his or her property or to appropriate that property to one’s own use or a third person’s use. There are a number of criminal actions which fall under California theft laws. Our lawyers have experience addressing a wide range of theft charges, including:
- Auto theft
- Petty larceny, petty theft, or second degree theft
- Grand larceny, grand theft, or first degree theft
- Receipt of stolen property
- Identity theft
- Credit card fraud
- Investment fraud
- Mortgage fraud
Several of these charges carry specific intent requirements that are not always met by prosecutors, and many defense attorneys do not always look for these. It is important that if you have been charged with a theft offense that your attorney knows the right way to handle them. Theft offenses are called “priorable” and may be crimes of “moral turpitude,” which means a conviction in a theft case can have consequences in the future that may still affect you.
Theft charges in Orange County can result in hefty fines and jail time. A conviction can limit your ability to gain employment, especially in the retail and financial industries. Being convicted of theft can also prevent you from obtaining a license to work as an accountant or in other licensed professions. Penalties stemming from a theft conviction may include:
- Jail time
- Mandatory counseling
- Difficulty obtaining employment
- Trouble securing a professional license
The attorneys at Kundani & Chang LLP have years of experience handling a variety of complex criminal cases and we stand ready to pursue the best possible outcome for each individual’s unique situation. As former prosecutors, our attorneys can plan and strategically attack any case or complications that may arise. Depending on your record, the dollar amount of loss, where the theft occurred, and other related circumstances to the offense, you may be eligible for a court alternative/pre-filing diversion program. In addition, the court may consider other mitigating factors such as your student status, your employment history, whether you made an early admission of guilt, and whether there was restitution to the victim.
At Kundani & Chang LLP, the attorney will fight for your rights and protect you from the pitfalls that can occur when you answer questions without representation. The speed with which you get a defense lawyer from our law firm is vital. If you are facing a theft offense in Orange County, contact Kundani & Chang LLP today to schedule a free initial consultation with our team.