Pasadena Theft Crime Lawyer

Defense for Criminal Charges in Pasadena, CA

Theft crimes are among the most widespread criminal offenses in Pasadena. The prosecutors and courts in our area will move fast to deliver a stiff sentence in order to prevent a repeat offense, and this means that offenders will face maximum penalties for a first-time offense. There are two types of theft outlined by the California Penal Code, and the penalties for theft will determine on which category the offense falls under:

  • Petty Theft - Stealing items that are valued at up to $950 will be punished by a fine of as much as $1,000 and up to 6 months in jail. Shoplifting will commonly be charged as petty theft.
  • Grand Theft - When the stolen goods are valued at $950 or more, the crime is punishable by up to a year in county jail, or up to 3 years in prison if the item is a firearm

Grand Theft Auto & Robbery Charges

Grand theft auto is a type of grand theft in which a vehicle is taken. It is found under Penal Code 487(d)(1) PC. Vehicle Code 10851 VC is when a person's vehicle is taken for a drive and not so necessary permanently remove it from their possession. The main thing that will differ in these charges is the length of time that a person is choosing to withhold the item from the rightful owner. Grand theft auto means that the possession was taken to permanently hold on the property.

Robbery is a related crime, and it is charged when the suspect is accused of taking the item directly from the victim, usually by using force or threats of violence. It is a felony that can be punished by up to 9 years in a state prison. If you are accused of breaking and entering a dwelling with the intent of committing a theft, you will be charged with burglary, which can be punished as either a felony or misdemeanor.

Contact a Pasadena criminal lawyer today at 888-717-0139!

Many innocent and good people are charged with theft offenses because of misunderstandings or misconstrued evidence. Unless you were caught in the act, it may be difficult for the prosecution to prove your guilt. Most cases have more information that needs to be presented and the initial perception of a case is not always accurate. A skilled Pasadena criminal defense attorney will do everything possible to put the pressure on the prosecution to have your charges dismissed or reduced, even if there is solid evidence against you. After discussing the case with you in depth, your Pasadena criminal lawyer will be able to determine the most effective strategy for your case. Call us today at 888-717-0139 or fill out a free online case evaluation!

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