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Laguna Beach Theft Crimes Lawyer

Experienced Theft Defense Attorney in Orange County

An accusation of theft, whether it is theft of goods, services, a vehicle, a purse, someone's identification, or anything else, can have a detrimental impact on your life. Theft implies dishonesty, and a conviction results in a permanent criminal record that can lead to difficulties obtaining employment, professional licenses, housing. It can also have negative immigration consequences on non-citizens. Regardless of the type of theft allegation you're facing, it's imperative to get competent legal representation as soon as possible.

At my firm, Alan Castillo – Attorney at Law, I have been defending clients in Laguna Beach and the surrounding areas in all types of theft-related charges, as well as other criminal matters, for more than 25 years. I have handled over 5,000 cases, which includes more than 100 jury trials. My experience has led to being named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers. I maintain a close working relationship with those accused of crimes and provide personalized attention. I will keep you informed throughout your case and will work toward a favorable outcome.

Being investigated or charged with theft? Schedule a free, initial consultation by contacting Alan Castillo – Attorney at Law at (949) 234-6525.

Understanding California Theft Laws and Penalties

In California, many types of conduct can be considered theft. While various statutes define different forms of theft and associated penalties, the basis of all of these laws is the intentional and unlawful taking of property or services from another without permission.

Examples of theft crimes in California include

  • Petty theft: Petty theft involves the stealing of property valued at up to $950 and is charged as a misdemeanor. It carries penalties of up to 6 months in jail and/or fines of up to $1,000. A repeat offense, however, may be charged as a felony, punishable by more than 1 year in jail and fines.
  • Grand theft: Grand theft refers to the stealing of property valued at $950 or more. Depending on the circumstances, the offense may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. Grand theft felonies are punishable by 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in a state prison.
  • Shoplifting: Shoplifting under California law involves entering a store when it is open with the intent of stealing goods valued at less than $950. The offense is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. The accused may also be subject to a civil lawsuit by the store owner for damages of up to $500 plus the value of the goods stolen if not returned.
  • Burglary: Burglary is defined as entering any residence, business, or building with the intent to commit theft or a felony. Two degrees of burglary exist: first and second. First-degree burglary refers to breaking into a residence, often referred to as home invasion. It is a felony punishable by 2, 4, or 6 years in state prison. Second-degree burglary refers to breaking into any other type of building or structure and may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. A conviction carries penalties of 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in prison.

Get Proactive Defense for Theft Charges in Laguna Beach

Being convicted of any type of theft crime has serious consequences. Because of this, you must ensure that your legal rights are protected by retaining the services of an experienced lawyer. My firm is here to provide strong defense for your case. Whether through plea negotiations or at trial, I will work diligently toward mitigating theft crime charges and penalties.

Ready to fight your theft charges? Contact Alan Castillo today at (949) 234-6525 for a strategic defense consultation.

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