I’ve Been Charged With Theft. What Can I Do?
In California, theft is defined as the stealing of someone else’s property by larceny, embezzlement or false pretense. If you find yourself accused of this type of charge, it is crucial that you seek a skilled attorney. I am William Walraven, founder of the Law Offices of William Walraven. I serve clients in San Francisco, San Mateo County and throughout the Bay Area. I am a lawyer who values my clients, their voice and their future.
Charges Are Based On A Number Of Factors
The type of charge you are facing depends on the amount of property stolen. Petty theft, for example, is any property that is valued at $950 or less. These are often charged as misdemeanors, leaving you with a possible fine of $1,000 and six months in jail. If you have a prior conviction, you can be charged with a felony, which can result in three years behind bars. Grand theft, on the other hand, involves property that is worth more than $950 or is a firearm. Here again, you could be looking at three years in jail if charged with a felony.
The prosecution must prove that you knowingly took something without the intent of paying for it or returning it. There are a number of defense strategies and, after examining your case, I will thoroughly explain each of them to you. Did you make an honest mistake? Did you know the goods were stolen? In many situations, the answer is a simple no. I take the time to listen to my clients and hear their side of the story. Remember, you have the right to make your voice heard. As an experienced criminal defense attorney, I will do everything I can to make this happen.
For The Representation You Deserve, Call Today
High-volume law firms try to churn out case after case. I provide you with the quality representation you deserve while understanding that time is of the essence. To schedule a consultation, call my office at 650-744-0023 or fill out my online contact form.