Theft Crimes Lawyer in Ventura
Defense for Misdemeanor & Felony Theft Charges
Theft is one of the oldest forms of crime there is, and over the years this offense and expanded in so many ways that there are a variety of theft-related criminal charges. At the Law Offices of Scott Bentley, we represent defendants charged with both misdemeanor and felony theft offenses. If you have been charged with any form of theft or larceny in California, contact our knowledgeable theft crimes attorney in Ventura for help building your defense.
Types of Theft Charges in California
No matter how bad the charges may seem, there are always new angles to explore and details that can be investigated that could influence the outcome of your case. Law enforcement and prosecutors often add additional charges to people charged with theft, such as trespassing, breaking and entering, assault, or even resisting arrest. There may be grounds to have these additional charges dropped, allowing you and your Ventura theft crime attorney to focus solely on the primary theft offense you have been accused of.
There are many different types of theft charges, such as:
- Petty theft – Misdemeanor charges for first-time offenses, petty theft is defined as stealing property valued less than or equal to $950.
- Grand theft – Charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, this charge is applied when the stolen property is valued over $950.
- Grand Theft Auto – Stealing a vehicle that is valued over $950. A petty theft charge will be applied if the vehicle is of lower value than $950.
- Burglary – Illegally entering a locked or closed off building with the intent to steal or commit a felony is charged as burglary.
- Shoplifting – Committing petty theft in a commercial building
- Embezzlement – Stealing or misappropriating money from a business or organization that has trusted funds or property to you.
- Robbery – Using violence or the threat of violence to commit theft.
Shoplifting Laws California
Under California Penal Code § 495.5, a person commits shoplifting when they enter an open business in order to steal merchandise valued at $950 or less. Shoplifting is generally charged as a misdemeanor and the penalties can include up to 6-months of jail time in addition to a maximum fine of $1,000.
We’re Ready to Discuss Your Case
You will want to have a knowledgeable attorney looking out for your best interests after an arrest. Contact the Law Offices of Scott Bentley in Ventura to schedule a free initial consultation with a trusted theft crimes attorney. Scott Bentley is a passionate criminal defense lawyer who works closely with clients to fight for the best possible outcome.
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