Theft Crimes With Halley, No Concern is Too Small

WHAT IS CONSIDERED THEFT IN ORANGE COUNTY?

Theft is the unlawful taking of another person's property with the intent to permanently deprive the rightful owner of that property. Within the realm of theft crimes, there exists a wide-ranging spectrum of offenses, from minor acts like shoplifting to more serious transgressions like grand theft auto and burglary.

In the state of California, several distinct categories of theft crimes are recognized, each with its own set of parameters and penalties:

  • Petty Theft: Petty theft entails the unlawful acquisition of property valued at $950 or less. Classified as a misdemeanor, the penalties for this offense may involve a maximum of six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
  • Grand Theft: Grand theft involves the theft of property exceeding the $950 value threshold. It's categorized as a 'wobbler,' meaning it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. In the case of a felony charge, the penalties can include up to three years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
  • Auto Theft: This occurs when an individual unlawfully takes another person's vehicle. This offense is classified as a felony, and the potential consequences encompass up to 16 months in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
  • Forgery: This involves the creation, alteration, or adaptation of a written instrument with the intent to defraud or deceive. This offense is also categorized as a 'wobbler,' with the maximum penalties for a felony charge being up to one year in prison and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
  • Receiving Stolen Property: This offense centers on the act of buying or receiving stolen property with the intent to permanently deprive the rightful owner of their possessions. Like forgery, it's also considered a 'wobbler,' and the potential penalties can reach up to one year in prison and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

Understanding the nuances of these offenses and the potential legal consequences is essential, as it provides the foundation for developing a robust defense strategy when navigating the complexities of the California legal system. At HJP Legal, we are committed to guiding you through this process and helping you secure the best possible outcome for your unique circumstances.

Why Choose HJP LEgal?

  • Strategic Advice & Representation
    Attorney Halley J. Peters is well-versed in ensuring your legal rights are protected throughout the legal process. They will ensure that the evidence being used against you is obtained legally and within legal boundaries.
  • Minimize Penalties
    Criminal charges can have severe consequences, including losing certain rights, massive fines and penalty fees, and potential incarceration. A skilled criminal defense attorney like Halley J. Peters can help to minimize these penalties or even fight to get the charges dismissed entirely.
  • Clear Communication & Transparency
    Halley is here for you every step of the way. She keeps her clients informed and up to date on important developments in their cases, and is readily available to answer any questions or address any concerns that may arise.
  • Legal Expertise
    Halley is an experienced criminal defense attorney with the knowledge, skills, and resources to handle your criminal case. She understands the legal procedures and tactics of the prosecution, allowing her to provide you with the best defense.

What Is Considered Theft in Orange County?

Theft is the unlawful taking of another person's property with the intent to permanently deprive the rightful owner of that property. Within the realm of theft crimes, there exists a wide-ranging spectrum of offenses, from minor acts like shoplifting to more serious transgressions like grand theft auto and burglary.

In the state of California, several distinct categories of theft crimes are recognized, each with its own set of parameters and penalties:

  • Petty Theft: Petty theft entails the unlawful acquisition of property valued at $950 or less. Classified as a misdemeanor, the penalties for this offense may involve a maximum of six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
  • Grand Theft: Grand theft involves the theft of property exceeding the $950 value threshold. It's categorized as a 'wobbler,' meaning it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. In the case of a felony charge, the penalties can include up to three years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
  • Auto Theft: This occurs when an individual unlawfully takes another person's vehicle. This offense is classified as a felony, and the potential consequences encompass up to 16 months in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
  • Forgery: This involves the creation, alteration, or adaptation of a written instrument with the intent to defraud or deceive. This offense is also categorized as a 'wobbler,' with the maximum penalties for a felony charge being up to one year in prison and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
  • Receiving Stolen Property: This offense centers on the act of buying or receiving stolen property with the intent to permanently deprive the rightful owner of their possessions. Like forgery, it's also considered a 'wobbler,' and the potential penalties can reach up to one year in prison and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

Understanding the nuances of these offenses and the potential legal consequences is essential, as it provides the foundation for developing a robust defense strategy when navigating the complexities of the California legal system. At HJP Legal, we are committed to guiding you through this process and helping you secure the best possible outcome for your unique circumstances.

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What to Do If You've Been Charged with Theft in California

Facing theft charges in California can be a daunting experience, but it's essential to take proactive steps to protect your rights. 

These are a few things to consider and do if you’ve been charged with theft:

  • Exercise your right to remain silent
  • Consult an attorney
  • Be open and honest with your attorney
  • Understand the charges
  • Seek support systems

Remember that every theft case is unique, and the specific steps and strategies will vary based on your circumstances. An experienced lawyer, like Attorney Halley J. Peters, is your best resource for guidance and support throughout the process.

Your future is too important to leave to chance – take action now and get in touch with Attorney Halley J. Peters at (949) 519-4955.

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