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Theft Crimes

Contra Costa County Theft Crime Defense Attorney 

“Theft crimes” is a broad term used to describe criminal acts that involve stealing, defrauding, or taking someone else’s property without permission with the intent to deprive them of that property. Whether it’s something as simple as someone stealing cash from the register at their job or creating an elaborate scheme to access someone’s personal information, these offenses are heavily prosecuted and can carry life-altering penalties for a conviction.

Because these offenses can carry significant penalties for a conviction, you can’t afford to take any accusations lightly. At the Law Office of Daniel Horowitz, we are committed to providing aggressive legal representation and steadfast defense for individuals facing theft crime charges in Contra Costa County, Lafayette, and all throughout. Our attorneys possess considerable experience and an in-depth understanding of theft crime laws, which has helped our firm earn a remarkable track record of success. If you’re looking for an experienced advocate who may be able to assist you in aggressively fighting your charges, give our team a call.

If you're facing theft crime charges in California, don't face them alone. Call the Law Office of Daniel Horowitz at (925) 291-5388 for top-notch legal defense and guidance tailored to your case.

Types of Theft Crimes in California

Theft crimes are “wobblers” by nature, meaning they can be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies, depending on several factors. The value of the property stolen is arguably the biggest factor, as there is a clear line separating misdemeanor theft from felony theft. The nature in which the property is taken is also a factor in how an offense is charged, as theft committed by force or threat of force (robbery) is considered a violent crime and therefore subject to more significant penalties.

Here are some of the most common types of theft crimes in California:

  • Shoplifting: Shoplifting is a prevalent theft crime that involves unlawfully taking merchandise from a store without payment. 
  • Petty Theft: Petty theft refers to the misdemeanor theft of property valued at below $950. 
  • Grand Theft: This involves the theft of property with a value higher than $950 and is generally charged as a felony.
  • Burglary: Burglary occurs when an individual enters a building or property with the intent to commit theft, vandalism, or another crime. 
  • Robbery: Robbery is a violent theft crime that involves the use of force, intimidation, or threats against the victim. 
  • Auto Theft: Grand theft auto involves stealing a vehicle. Because vehicles are typically valued at well over $1,000, this is almost always considered a felony.
  • Embezzlement: Embezzlement occurs when someone misappropriates funds or property entrusted to them. This is often considered a “white collar crime.”

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At the Law Office of Daniel Horowitz, we are committed to providing comprehensive legal representation and a strong defense for those accused of theft crimes. We know all about the complexity of these cases and it is our aim to protect our clients' rights and future.

Contact us online or dial (925) 291-5388 to schedule a consultation today!

California Theft Crime Penalties

Theft crimes can carry stringent penalties for a conviction. Even a minor theft conviction can carry lifelong consequences, so it is crucial that you retain the services of an attorney to help you combat your accusations.

Theft crime charges in California can carry the following penalties:

  • Fines: Misdemeanor theft can result in a fine of up to $1,000, while felony theft can result in a fine of up to $10,000.
  • Jail or prison time: Misdemeanor offenses can carry up to one year in jail, while felony theft can lead to a prison sentence, typically in the range of three to five years.
  • Probation: A theft crime conviction can carry a probation period.
  • Restitution: You may be ordered to pay restitution to the victim, or compensate them for the value of the property in question.

Our theft crime attorneys at the Law Office of Daniel Horowitz bring a wealth of experience and in-depth knowledge of California's theft crime laws to your defense. With a strong track record of successful outcomes, they are skilled in crafting tailored strategies to effectively combat your accusations. For example, one of the key elements of a theft crime is intent. If you did not intend to deprive the property’s owner of that property, then no crime has been committed.

Certified Criminal Defense Specialist 

Daniel Horowitz is a certified criminal defense specialist.  On high stakes cases Daniel works with Dan Russo and Carmela Caramagno who are also certified criminal defense specialists.  This title is not self created.  It is a designation of criminal defense achievement issued by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  There are thousands of criminal defense lawyers, thousands of federal defense lawyers but only several hundred State Bar certified specialists. 

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