Laguna Beach Theft Crimes Lawyer
Award-Winning Trial Lawyer Serving 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
Theft Laws in California
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
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.
Aggressive Legal Representation from a Laguna Beach Theft Crimes Defense Attorney
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.
Contact my firm at
(949) 234-6525 today to get the legal help you need.