Orange County Theft Crimes Defense Lawyer Provides Vital Support for Those Facing Felony and Misdemeanor Charges
Helping Ensure Minor Thefts Do Not Result in Major Felony Convictions
Anyone under suspicion of taking the property of others without permission can face charges of theft crimes under California law. Depending on the details of the alleged crime, even the theft of relatively low-value items can result in felony charges. In fact, it is even possible to charge individuals with felony theft when they fail to return borrowed goods. Regardless of the outcome of a theft case, people charged can face a stigma that affects their ability to find employment or damages personal relationships. The experienced attorneys at The McDonnell Law Firm provide immediate support to anyone charged with a theft crime.
Even Grand Theft can Result in Misdemeanor or Felony Charges
California typically charges suspects of grand theft if any of the following conditions are met, in accordance with state Penal Code Section 484-502.9:
- Theft of property valued at $950.00 or more
- Theft of any motor vehicle, regardless of value
- Theft of any firearm, regardless of value
- Theft of certain types of property associated with agriculture valued at $250 or more, such as farm animals and crops
While grand theft is often charged as a felony crime, subject to a sentence of imprisonment for up to three years, judges can exercise discretion in sentencing. For example, the theft of an old vehicle with little value may be charged as a misdemeanor, resulting in a sentence of up to one year in a county jail.
However, the best time to obtain a reduction of charges is during the period before formal charges are filed. This is why it is so important to make sure a skilled attorney from The McDonnell Law Firm is there to represent you from the first moments after arrest — and before any questioning.
Theft Crimes Can Become Violent Crime Charges Even Without Injury to Victims
In many cases, the motives behind theft simply amount to the desire to acquire goods for free. However, crimes like robbery are more likely to be effective when the victim is subjected to threats of violence. In Orange County or elsewhere in California, even without a weapon, the law elevates these situations to violent crimes. If suspects are charged with brandishing weapons, they can face armed robbery charges even if the weapon was not actually fired.
Many White Collar Crimes Involve Theft — and Potential Federal Charges
While most people think of robbery and burglary when they hear about theft, white collar crimes represent a massive number of theft crimes investigated each year. The Internet has made identity theft and other types of fraud highly lucrative for criminals. In addition, many forms of embezzlement, larceny and even counterfeiting occur regularly across the nation. These crimes are often investigated by the FBI and charged as federal crimes, with severe sentences imposed upon conviction.
Since white collar and other federal crimes can be investigated for years before any charges are filed, individuals in Irvine, Anaheim and throughout Orange County who believe they are under investigation should seek immediate representation from The McDonnell Law Firm to ensure their rights are fully protected.
Seek Immediate Orange County Legal Support for Any Issues Related to Theft Crimes
Individuals facing any type of theft charges need to seek immediate legal counsel. Look for an attorney who is familiar with the prosecutors and judges within the local courts and has experience with the federal court system as well. At The McDonnell Law Firm, we are prepared to begin your defense as soon as you contact us. Call us at 562.352.8708 or contact us online to learn how we can help you resolve your legal issues. We offer free initial consultations, accept all major credit cards and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by appointment. Members of our staff speak Spanish. Se habla español.