Theft Defense Attorney in Sacramento County and Marin County
In California, theft is a very broad crime. Charges can range from petty theft to grand theft. If a weapon or threat of force was used, the penalties can be even higher. What all theft charges have in common is that they can result in stiff penalties and a criminal record that impacts the rest of your life.
There are multiple types of theft in California. They include:
- Theft by larceny
- Theft by false pretenses
- Theft by embezzlement
Theft can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. The higher the value of property allegedly taken, the greater the punishment. However, prosecutors may overvalue the property in an attempt to levy more serious charges and gain more leverage. They may also claim that certain circumstances apply that could increase the penalty.
Defenses to Theft Charges
Contesting theft charges can come down to several things. Your defenses could include:
- You had no intention to actually take something
- You were mistaken by thinking it was yours
- You had the property owner’s permission
- You were given something and did not take it
- Evidence in your case was illegally seized
- Police did not have probable cause to arrest you
We will find every possible defense to your charges and help you fight if that is what makes the most sense. Some theft charges may be pleaded down after making a deal with the prosecutor. However, the prosecutor needs to know that you have an aggressive attorney who will leave no stone unturned in your defense.
Aggressive Sacramento County and Marin County Theft Defense Lawyer
The Mason Law Office is the legal pitbull that you need when facing criminal charges. We will pull out all the stops on your behalf. You can call a theft defense attorney at (916) 587-2997 or reach us online to discuss your case.