Murrieta Theft Charges
Unlawful Taking of Another's Property
California law defines theft as the unlawful taking or carrying away someone
else's property without their consent. Various forms of theft, also
referred to as larceny, include petty theft such as
shoplifting and grand theft such as vehicle theft. If you are charged with theft,
you could be sentenced to jail time, fines, probation and could face additional
theft-related charges such as
burglary or trespassing.
Grand Theft vs. Petty Theft
There are two major categories of theft: grand theft and petty theft. Both
of these charges include the taking of someone else's property but
the penalties could be drastically different. Petty theft usually refers
to shoplifting theft, but could also include anything that was stolen
whose value was under $950. Petty thefts are always charged as a misdemeanor
and usually require you to pay the amount of the stolen property back
to the owner, probation and complete community service.
Grand theft refers to the charge filed against anyone who steals anything
valued at $950 or more. It is normally a felony which carries a punishment
of up to three years of incarceration. Grand theft offenses that are commonly
known to the public include grand theft auto, grand theft of money and
grand theft of a firearm.
Practicing Since 1999 - Criminal Defense Attorney in Murrieta
If you have been accused of theft in Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar,
Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Perris, Banning, Corona or Riverside, whether it
is petty or grand theft, it is important that you contact an experienced
attorney. There are various defenses an experienced attorney could assist
you with. Perhaps you own the item that was alleged to be stolen, or you
simply forgot to pay for the merchandise as you walked out? Let a professional
lawyer at our firm gather evidence that can positively affect the outcome
of your case. Do not go another day without representation!
At the Law Office of Nic Cocis & Associates, we understand that the
vast majority of people accused of theft-related offenses are not criminals,
but in fact, are ordinary citizens caught in the criminal justice system.
We work diligently to help you protect your future from the effects of
these charges, whether a mistake was made on your part or not. Get in
touch with our legal team as soon as possible to safeguard your rights