Beverly Hills Theft Lawyer

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The crime of theft exists any time you take or misuse property that doesn’t belong to you. The names of the charges can change depending on how you took the property.

But no matter what it’s called, our team has helped people in Beverly Hills when they’ve been charged with theft crimes. Cases we’ve dealt with include:

  • Shoplifting
  • Petty Theft
  • Grand Larceny
  • Check Fraud
  • Burglary & Robbery
  • Embezzlement
  • Theft of Services

Being convicted of theft can have serious consequences. You face fines, demands for restitution, and jail time. You may also face extreme difficulties in obtaining employment in the future. A conviction can bar you from ever holding certain professional licenses or being employed in certain capacities. And many employers won’t take the risk even if there’s no regulation barring you from working for them.

You’ll need an outstanding defense to protect your freedom and your reputation alike.

See also: Beverly Hills Grand Theft Lawyer and Beverly Hills Shoplifting Lawyer.

What’s the difference between petty theft and grand theft?

Petty theft is the theft of any property that is worth less than $950, with certain exceptions.

Petty theft is a misdemeanor if the value of the stolen goods is no greater than $400. If the value of the stolen goods is between $400 and $950 then the crime can be treated either as a misdemeanor or as a felony.

Theft of property worth less than $50 may be treated as a “criminal infraction” instead of as a misdemeanor. You’d pay a $250 fine instead of going to jail.

Grand Theft or Grand Larceny are always felonies. This is the charge that applies any time the value of the property is greater than $950. This is also the charge you’ll receive if you are accused of:

  • Stealing any agricultural product from a farm if the value of the property exceeds $250.
  • Stealing ocean and agricultural products from a research facility if the value of the property exceeds $250.
  • Stealing any vehicle, regardless of the vehicle’s value.
  • Stealing any firearm, regardless of the firearm’s value.

Grand larceny charges grow more severe as the value of the property stolen increases. The sentencing gets harsher when the value of the property exceeds $65,000. They grow harsher still as the value exceeds other milestones. For example, if the value of the property exceeds $200,000 the judge may add another two years to your sentence.

Beverly Hills Theft Lawyer

What is the difference between burglary and robbery?

A person commits burglary when they enter any structure, including a car, with the intent of committing a theft. A person charged with burglary may be charged either with a misdemeanor or a felony. The key component of the burglary charge is the intent to steal in a situation where no people were present, or where people were present but had no idea a theft was taking place.

The presence of people who might try to stop the theft instantly turns the crime into a robbery. Robbery is defined as “committing a theft, or attempting to commit a theft, with the help of force, intimidation, or a deadly weapon.” Almost anyone feels threatened or intimidated when they encounter someone who is trying to steal from their home or business.

Robberies also don’t require you to enter a structure. It covers muggings and carjackings too. Robberies are always charged as felonies. The charges can become more severe if you had a weapon with you while you committed the robbery, especially if you threatened someone with it. Robbing anyone at gunpoint is an even more severe crime, and can expose you to having gun charges attached to the other charges you’ll be facing.

What is embezzlement?

An embezzlement is an act of fraud. It involves taking or misappropriating property which has been entrusted to you.

Embezzlement can be the result of a big, careful criminal conspiracy. Many people who get convicted of embezzling simply used a company credit card or expense accounts to purchase personal items. Some may have padded reimbursement requests by claiming expenses are higher than they actually are.

Embezzlement is charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the amount misused or taken. The $950 distinction between petit larceny and grand larceny applies.

What is check fraud?

Quite a few actions can be classified as check fraud:

  • Creating fake checks.
  • Altering a routing number to keep funds from clearing.
  • Using stolen checks.
  • Obtaining checks with a false name.
  • Forging someone’s signature on a check.

You can also be charged with check fraud if you write a check knowing you don’t have the funds to pay the merchant. In most cases, the merchant tries to handle the matter privately with you first, by inviting you to pay the amount with a credit card, debit card, cashier’s check or money order. They’ll ask for a fee atop what you’d have otherwise paid. Your bank will charge you another fee.

And if you get it all taken care of in a timely fashion you generally won’t have a problem. If you do not, they may send your case on to law enforcement. But the merchant also has the option of referring the matter to law enforcement right away.

Whether check fraud is a misdemeanor or a felony depends on the amount you wrote the check for. The same $950 cutoff applies.

Are you being charged with theft? Get help.

We are very adept at getting cases dismissed or dropped for lack of evidence wherever possible. We have helped many of our clients reduce their charges or their sentences to stay out of jail. And we’ve gotten quite a few people acquitted.

Call (213) 984-2300 today to schedule a free consultation with one of our top-notch attorneys. We’ll work out the best strategy for managing your case and will provide you with the guidance you need to bring the matter to its best possible outcome.

Beverly Hills Theft Lawyer

inne-rpage-seperator

The crime of theft exists any time you take or misuse property that doesn’t belong to you. The names of the charges can change depending on how you took the property.

But no matter what it’s called, our team has helped people in Beverly Hills when they’ve been charged with theft crimes. Cases we’ve dealt with include:

  • Shoplifting
  • Petty Theft
  • Grand Larceny
  • Check Fraud
  • Burglary & Robbery
  • Embezzlement
  • Theft of Services

Being convicted of theft can have serious consequences. You face fines, demands for restitution, and jail time. You may also face extreme difficulties in obtaining employment in the future. A conviction can bar you from ever holding certain professional licenses or being employed in certain capacities. And many employers won’t take the risk even if there’s no regulation barring you from working for them.

You’ll need an outstanding defense to protect your freedom and your reputation alike.

See also: Beverly Hills Grand Theft Lawyer and Beverly Hills Shoplifting Lawyer.

What’s the difference between petty theft and grand theft?

Petty theft is the theft of any property that is worth less than $950, with certain exceptions.

Petty theft is a misdemeanor if the value of the stolen goods is no greater than $400. If the value of the stolen goods is between $400 and $950 then the crime can be treated either as a misdemeanor or as a felony.

Theft of property worth less than $50 may be treated as a “criminal infraction” instead of as a misdemeanor. You’d pay a $250 fine instead of going to jail.

Grand Theft or Grand Larceny are always felonies. This is the charge that applies any time the value of the property is greater than $950. This is also the charge you’ll receive if you are accused of:

  • Stealing any agricultural product from a farm if the value of the property exceeds $250.
  • Stealing ocean and agricultural products from a research facility if the value of the property exceeds $250.
  • Stealing any vehicle, regardless of the vehicle’s value.
  • Stealing any firearm, regardless of the firearm’s value.

Grand larceny charges grow more severe as the value of the property stolen increases. The sentencing gets harsher when the value of the property exceeds $65,000. They grow harsher still as the value exceeds other milestones. For example, if the value of the property exceeds $200,000 the judge may add another two years to your sentence.

Beverly Hills Theft Lawyer

What is the difference between burglary and robbery?

A person commits burglary when they enter any structure, including a car, with the intent of committing a theft. A person charged with burglary may be charged either with a misdemeanor or a felony. The key component of the burglary charge is the intent to steal in a situation where no people were present, or where people were present but had no idea a theft was taking place.

The presence of people who might try to stop the theft instantly turns the crime into a robbery. Robbery is defined as “committing a theft, or attempting to commit a theft, with the help of force, intimidation, or a deadly weapon.” Almost anyone feels threatened or intimidated when they encounter someone who is trying to steal from their home or business.

Robberies also don’t require you to enter a structure. It covers muggings and carjackings too. Robberies are always charged as felonies. The charges can become more severe if you had a weapon with you while you committed the robbery, especially if you threatened someone with it. Robbing anyone at gunpoint is an even more severe crime, and can expose you to having gun charges attached to the other charges you’ll be facing.

What is embezzlement?

An embezzlement is an act of fraud. It involves taking or misappropriating property which has been entrusted to you.

Embezzlement can be the result of a big, careful criminal conspiracy. Many people who get convicted of embezzling simply used a company credit card or expense accounts to purchase personal items. Some may have padded reimbursement requests by claiming expenses are higher than they actually are.

Embezzlement is charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the amount misused or taken. The $950 distinction between petit larceny and grand larceny applies.

What is check fraud?

Quite a few actions can be classified as check fraud:

  • Creating fake checks.
  • Altering a routing number to keep funds from clearing.
  • Using stolen checks.
  • Obtaining checks with a false name.
  • Forging someone’s signature on a check.

You can also be charged with check fraud if you write a check knowing you don’t have the funds to pay the merchant. In most cases, the merchant tries to handle the matter privately with you first, by inviting you to pay the amount with a credit card, debit card, cashier’s check or money order. They’ll ask for a fee atop what you’d have otherwise paid. Your bank will charge you another fee.

And if you get it all taken care of in a timely fashion you generally won’t have a problem. If you do not, they may send your case on to law enforcement. But the merchant also has the option of referring the matter to law enforcement right away.

Whether check fraud is a misdemeanor or a felony depends on the amount you wrote the check for. The same $950 cutoff applies.

Are you being charged with theft? Get help.

We are very adept at getting cases dismissed or dropped for lack of evidence wherever possible. We have helped many of our clients reduce their charges or their sentences to stay out of jail. And we’ve gotten quite a few people acquitted.

Call (213) 984-2300 today to schedule a free consultation with one of our top-notch attorneys. We’ll work out the best strategy for managing your case and will provide you with the guidance you need to bring the matter to its best possible outcome.

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