The most common theft crime prosecuted in California is petty theft or shoplifting. While a conviction of these crimes rarely leads to actual jail time the impact of a theft related conviction can have devastating long-term consequences. Theft crimes are considered “crimes of moral turpitude” and will deter many potential employers from hiring anyone with this type of criminal conviction.
Careful review of the evidence may reveal weaknesses in the prosecution’s case that can result in a dismissal or reduction of the charges. Some counties offer diversion programs for first time law offenders. A criminal conviction may also be avoided completely through a civil compromise with the victim. In other cases prosecutors will agree to reduce the theft to a lesser charge such as trespassing or disturbing the peace.
There are many ways to defend these cases and the ultimate goal is to avoid a theft related conviction. Lapine & Forsse have successfully defended clients in theft crimes cases ranging form petty theft to armed robbery.
Common Theft Related Crimes:
- Petty Theft/ Shoplifting
- Commercial Burglary
- Grand Theft
- Residential Burglary
- Grand Theft Auto